September 14, 2012

Friday night live at Transistor: XYZR_KX, Brash Flair and Ian Wilson. Sound by Jon Monteverde.

As XYZR_KX, Monteverde combines beat-oriented electro-acoustic experimentation with melodicism, songwriting and melancholic hushed vocals. Over the course of three albums, his music has been described as "essential lo-fi bliss" (Illinois Entertainer), "enigmatic yet pleasing" (Giant Robot), and "pure joy" (Beach Sloth).

On this night Jon performed selections from his latest album, "Secession in Astropolis," along with new and unreleased material.

Also available: a XYZR_KX Transistor performance from December 16, 2011.

Brash Flair combine disparate musical fragments and nestle organic, clean songs amongst the resulting debris. Chicago multi-instrumentalist Joshua Wentz and versatile soprano Kristin Johnston explore elements of triphop and downtempo, finding moments where storytelling and soundscapes coalesce. In this, their public performance debut, Brash Flair played new music from their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled EP.

Visit Brash Flair’s website.

Folktronica musician Ian Wilson belongs to a new class of singer-songwriters who have exchanged backup bands for loop pedals. Using a combination of keyboard instruments and synthesizers, Ian builds complex, atmospheric layers around deeply personal songwriting. And despite defecting from the classical genre years ago, Ian's piano has never quite lost the accent; you can tell by the sound of it, it's not from around here. His debut solo album, "This is Water," was released in May 2012.

Visit Ian Wilson on Bandcamp.

Poster by   Chien-An Yuan

Poster by Chien-An Yuan

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