Signal Kitchen Presents
Small Black, Snowmine
71 Main Street
Burlington, VT, 05401
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
This event is all ages
Formed at the tail-end of 2008 as a bedroom recording project, Small Black first made waves with their eponymous debut EP. Recorded in the attic of singer Josh's uncle's remote Long Island beach-house/surfboard workshop, it served as an ideal introduction to the group with its pulsing patchwork synths and addictive, stay-gold hooks that seemed to unfurl themselves gradually over repeated listens. Slightly more immediate and polished than its predecessor, Small Black's debut LP New Chain remained a continuation of this contrasting ethos – a delirious smudging of the lines between melancholy and nostalgia, tension and celebration, unabashed pop music and experimentation. Next, the band wanted to combine their aesthetic with overt sampling, inspired by legendary beatsmiths like RZA, DJ Premier and J Dilla. Enter the Moon Killer mixtape. A free full-length release through Small Black's website, Moon Killer not only openly borrows from sources as rich and diverse as Nas, Pere Ubu, Drake and the Carpenters, but features multiple drop-ins from Das Racist MC Heems, as well as remixes from Star Slinger and Phonetag. What truly stands out is the ease with which Small Black folds their source material into their own inimitable sound. It's a legitimate step forward for the band—a sizeable stride closer to what they've been hearing in their heads this whole time. Currently, the band is hard at work on a new full-length for Jagjaguwar, to be released sometime in 2012.
Snowmine are set to release their new album – Dialects – through their own imprint Mystery Buildings. Dialects, Snowmine's second album in their three year history, was entirely written and produced on their own, and recorded by Jake Aron (Grizzly Bear), and Yale Yng Wong (Here We Go Magic) in a church in Uptown Manhattan. The album chronicles a disoriented period in singer Grayson Sanders' life, when after the band's first record, he spontaneously left his job, and spent the following year wandering with a single bag. The lyrics are pulled entirely from the journal he kept during his travels. Dialects is about communication. With the self. With the lover. With society. It's about its breakdown, it's triumphs, and it's misgivings. Growing off of the band's previous release, Dialects marks a subtle shift in the band's sound, from the optimistic, tribal undertones of Laminate Pet Animal, to a more ambient, meditative nostalgia. Recording in a church afforded them the opportunity to record real reverbs, and gather true ambiances one can feel in their headphones. Combine a stronger presence of vintage synthsesizers with the beautiful 1960's cinema-inspired string, woodwind, and choir orchestrations, and you are left with a surreal retrofuturism beckoning you inside for a fireside chat.
In the band's leadoff single "Rome," we experience this juxtoposition firsthand, with a hypnotic post-punk drum groove pushing us forward through a mist of sweeping strings and classic synth sounds. "Columbus," an echo from the past, starts with distant, seductive sirens beckoning us into their sepia-toned love story, driven forward by Fleetwood Mac inspired drums and an irresistably memorable chorus. "Safety in An Open Mind," a purely instrumental track, highlights the entire ensemble on the record, with glistening choral textures soaring in and out of an organic percussion landscape. This piece is a testament to the band's originality, as they utilized zero foreign samples on the album, and recorded every single sound effect and note live. The album's soaring, melancholic third single, "You Want Everything," caps the record's message by urging us to accept who we really are. "You could try to be your best, but don't you know it's suicide to want? You want. You want everything...I won't let you have regrets, no way." It's this message that has guided the band's release strategy. Having been disatisfied with lengthy label discussions, the band decided to forego the system altogether and turn to their diehard organic following. Staying true to the DIY methods they have adhered to since the band's inception, they created an entirely custom crowdfunding project via their website Snowmine.Com. Not only can fans choose what they want to buy for the money they can afford to give, but the band has created milestones that allow the fans to be a part of the art, by submitting information or photos of themselves to be included in album artwork and other pieces of content. It's this type of attention to their supporters that has turned a once self-released Bandcamp bedroom project into a beloved musical presence.
Burlington, VT duo Pours is the new project of Bryan Parmelee and Christopher Shar, the latter of whom was previously a touring member for Man Man and Santigold. For this project, they're making atmospheric indie pop led by Bryan's airy falsetto which mixes electronics and live instrumentation. Their self-titled debut LP comes out this May via Section Sign Records.