For a few months now, Gossip Wolf has been revisiting Yes Strings attachedthe new duo album by the bassist and shamisen player Tatsu Aoki and guitarist Da Wei Wang. Aoki is also a filmmaker, composer, and founder of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival; Wang makes experimental solo music and adds his alluring styles to the longtime avant-garde band from Chicago Ono. Local label FPE Records released the album on double cassette in September, and on Tuesday, October 25, it followed with Aoki’s video for the standout track “Cross Country And . . . ” This wolf is enjoying the new realms of context the clip offers for the surprisingly beautiful sounds of the music: over the subtly undulating, bell-shaped reverbs of Wang’s guitar and Aoki’s electric shamisen, it brings together a series of oracular visual choruses, including a drone fast moving. shots of wooded landscapes and suburban office parks, images of musicians’ instruments and recording equipment, and freehand shots of the Loop. If only all music videos were this thoughtful and enlightening! On Tuesday, November 15, the duo performs at Elastic Arts as part of an FPE showcase that also includes Aoki’s Miyumi Project and the Noah Barker Quartet.
The album version of “Cross Country And . . . ” is over 20 minutes long.
Local rock trio no men also know a thing or two about music videos, and they’re not too bad at finding exceptional directors to bring their visions to life – or a terrifying death or three, as the case may be. (Their 2016 video for “Stay Dumb” contains enough gory ax murders for an entire Dario Argento movie!) On Friday, October 28, the band released a slightly simpler performance-themed video for the new single “Rude”, which they say they shot each other “on the most beautiful smartphone the three of us have had”. Recorded at Electrical Audio by Steve Albini, “Rude” ups the ante on the band’s visceral blend of doom and noise rock – it’s the first taste of No Men’s upcoming album, due out April 2023, which promises to be an absolute killer. This wolf can’t wait!
Monday, Chicago indie-rock duo Orisun fall Viscera!, their first feature film. Given its blood and guts title, this Halloween release date was no accident, but its postgrunge tunes will sound great any day of the year. This wolf particularly loves the crisp, cracking guitar chords and svelte bass that back Asha Adisa’s spectral vocals on “Heaven Only Knows.”
Orisun says this album expresses “the horror of incarnation in an environment of ruin and oppression”.
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