Tue, 21.10.2008
Doors Open: 21:00
Price: AK 12€ VVK 10€


?S/T? is the second album from THIS WILL DESTROY YOU,
clocking in a 7 tracks and 52 minutes. Recorded and produced by
KELLY), it is a stunning and worthy follow-up to ?Young Mountain.?
Darker and seamlessly more dynamic and emotionally gripping than its predecessor, ?S/T? is primed and ready to push their entire genre forward and continue to win the band hearts and minds across the planet. This is a landmark album by a band that will inevitably be mentioned in the same breath as MOGWAI and SIGUR R?S without hesitation. Dive in!!!


Joel North and Bruce Blay, both 23-year old Denton residents, have been fortunate enough to share a common ground with their love of acoustic stringed instruments, echo, field recordings, obscure instructional records, sounds from films, tape reels, and subtle electronics. These are some of the elements that provide the texture to their flowing/spiraling sound structures. For the past year and a half, Joel and Bruce have been making music under the name Mom.

Post-rock/Experimental? Folktronica? Electroacoustic/Trance? Old world/new
world organic/inorganic minimalist chamber pop nostalgic futurism? Enough
already―call it Mom. Explaining the hypnotic musical meditations of
the Denton-based ensemble known as mom is a self-defeating exercise in
genre mash-up, since one listen easily overwhelms a thousand words. Or for
that matter, the absence of a thousand words, since the instrumental duo
builds its evocative narratives with a purely musical alphabet. For
23-year-old guitarist/cellist Joel North and 23-year-old
violinist/sequence programmer Bruce Blay, the melding of traditional live
acoustic sources with vanguard electronic processing is the most natural
thing in the world. Bruce observes that ?We?re very big fans of that
feeling of nostalgic futurism? the futurism of old times, 1950?s futurism
sort of.? Joel completes the thought, adding, ?It?s like something organic
taken into a non-organic context, but you can still see it?s organic on
the surface.? Sharing some spiritual kinship with bands like Godspeed You
Black Emperor!, Sigur Ros, and The Album Leaf, mom?s website acknowledges
the influence of ?maternity, nourishment, ultra sound, epidurals,
midwives, musique concrete?,? and in conversation they add iconoclastic
sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to the melange.

Mom's burbling tonal minimalism, evidenced on their recently released
debut CD, little brite, is the result of an intuitive collaborative
rapport between the two, who first met at UNT five years ago; Bruce is a
Philosophy major and Joel is pursuing a Liberal Arts Associates Degree.
Now roommates, the give-and-take of composing and recording together can
even be accomplished separately. ?I might sit down and work on a track and
then say, ?hey man, I?m going to work, do you want to look at this???
Bruce says. Joel can take over the composition at that point with an
implicit carte-blanch. ?We normally don?t talk about anything that we?re
trying to do,? the guitarist explains. ?We?ve found that?s the best way to
get the best results.? While the sounds of their guitar, cello and violin
may vary from unadulterated to heavily processed, the sequences realized
with Bruce?s Akai MPC2000XL draw on a palette of homemade sampled sources,
as opposed to factory presets. About 90% of mom?s pet sounds are organic,
and include music boxes, ice in water, guitar, and tape machine noises;
Bruce?s holy grail of samples is a bell choir, and the quest continues.

Despite the fact that both musicians are self-taught, their skill sets are
remarkable. Joel?s fingerpicking prowess is impressive, as is his lexicon
of alternate tunings and percussive effects that occasionally evoke the
timbre of a hammered dulcimer. The six songs on little brite cohere
seamlessly, creating a series of musical postcards, travelogues at once
exotic and familiar. Conjuring a universe whose ancient forbears might
include Steve Reich, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Eno?s looping ambiences,
Brit-folk guitarist Bert Jansch, gamelan ensembles and Hindustani hand
percussion, the wall-to-wall beauty of the proceedings is anything but
reverential ear candy. Fluently engaging, melodically rewarding, and
sophisto-whimsical, mom?s cerebrally atmospheric marriage of the Luddite
and techno worlds makes for essential listening. ?I think it reaches a
wide range of people,? Joel adds. ?My mom and dad like it;she
listens to it everyday while she?s sewing.? And mom knows best.

Link: http://www.myspace.com/thiswilldestroyyou

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