Record Release Party
Panoramic and True, Reds and Blue
Arc in Round
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
This event is 21 and over
Panoramic and True
Formed by songwriter John Lennox after cutting his teeth in Montreal’s mid-2000 scene, Chicago’s Panoramic & True deals a heavy and often orchestrated brand of pop: it is overdriven dirt and shimmer, explosive tom drum rolls, high modern chamber pieces; it’s rock music with a wide-angle lens. Together, the group embellished Lennox’s attic studio of castaway analog gear and spent the winter of 2012 recording the blend of garage, 60s soul, British Invasion, and indie pop that would become Wonderlust.
Wonderlust, released July 24 on Raymond Roussel Records, exceeds expectations: 14 tight tracks of buzzing guitar hooks and cinematic orchestration that bed Lennox’s confident “honey voice” (Chicago Reader) as he looks out the window with mixed wonder and dismay: “a week of good health / pin your hair back / get some new clothes for yourself / get ‘em black on black” (“A Week of Good Health”). Dark yet quizzical, the mercurial tone of Wonderlust allows heavy noise pop (“Pretty Faces”) to stand with songwriterly piano ballad (“Token Resistance”) and dirty psych dirge (“A Hold On You”), all three united in “Dakota Child,” in which a noirish 1958 Hammond funeral organ leads a fugitive charge across the country that leaves only broken dreams in its wake.
The world of Wonderlust, partly inspired by the surrealist novels of Max Ernst, spans nature and city, love and industry; it’s peopled by mystic hunters, farmhand philosophers, seaside goddesses, crusading protesters, mystic angels living in fire, and Lennox himself as he digs deep and finds repulsion and marvel in the modern world. Cues taken from introspective early 70s Dylan as well as from contemporaries Frog Eyes and Bill Callahan inform Wonderlust and what it offers: imaginative engagement without illusion. Once the illusions are gone, we see things as they are: “the prayer is answered as soon as you ask it / the carpenter makes both cradles and caskets” (“House Carpenter”). Armed with this knowledge, Wonderlust will grace stargazing road trips, metropolitan hikes, and late nights by the turntable with a complex joy.
Wonderlust’s arrangement, the culmination of Lennox’s five years writing for string quartet, also sets it apart: as they dive and soar, the strings evoke Ben E. King or the intimate side of John Lennon. Joining the glimmering Rhodes and organ as supportive color, they eerily lift the songs and give Panoramic & True its unique sound: warm, electrifying—a summer storm that inspires exaltation.
Including the string quartet Panoramic & True is John Lennox (guitar, vocals), Jamie Carter (guitar), Patrick Pritchett (bass), Daniel Majid (drums), A.J. Bautista (violin), Amanda Bautista (violin), Randy Mollner (viola), and April Savage (cello).
Reds and Blue
A kaleidoscope of post-rock and psychedelic pop, the debut release from Reds and Blue is willfully unpredictable from start to finish. With an all-star lineup that includes the mesmerizing vocalist/keyboardist Ellen Bunch (formerly a member of the equally eclectic ZZZZ), bassist Pete Croke, and percussionist Areif Sless-Kitain, this cross-sampling of Chicago talent has produced an infectious and mercurial record.
Arc in Round
Arc in Round's self-titled debut LP, being released June 26, 2012 by La Société Expéditionnaire, reflects a sensibility garnered from endless hours of studio tracking and hypnotic experimentation. The album is a re-invention of influence, ranging from melodic gems (think Stereolab meets Broadcast) to epic prog jams, tied securely yet ever so loosely together by haunting male and female vocals.
The LP brims with layered dissonance and experimentation á la Disco Inferno & This Heat being driven by the Motorik Kraut rhythms of Neu and Can. This is carefully crafted dark pop -- taut yet spacey, noisy yet melodic; it's a smart experiment in sonic evolution. There is a sweet contradiction in the intricate metamorphosis of sound and song; each track feeding from one another until the sum of its parts breaks free.
Formed in 2009 from the ashes of seminal shoegaze project Relay, the four-piece is comprised of Philadelphia stalwarts; producer/engineer Jeff Zeigler, co-songwriter Mikele Edwards, bassist Josh Meakim and drummer Matt Ricchini.
The album was tracked and mixed at Zeigler's own studio (Uniform Recording) and features guest appearances by members of Kurt Vile and the Violators and Pattern is Movement. Arc In Round has also enlisted the talents of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Our Brother the Native, Ape School and Benoit Pioulard in remixing select tracks.
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