it’s a lightweight tag team match with Pantha du Prince vs The Sight Below @ echoplex, September 17th

you like minimal shoegazing ambient electronica, don’t you? well sure you do! you like spending only twelve bucks per ticket, right? well sure you do! what a coincidence i should bring those points up, because there’s a minimal shoegazing ambient electonica double header at Echoplex on Friday, September 17th, with Pantha du Prince and The Sight Below and cheap as fuck tickets are available here for only twelve bucks. (yes, that’s Noah Lennox from Animal Collective on vocals in the video above.) – also, on a related tip, further hilarious evidence at how impossibly pretentious those Pitchfork kidz are – money quote from the Pantha du Prince write-up that Echoplex included on the event page for Pantha, “Though he lacks the crossover name recognition of producers like the Field, Burial, and Lindstrøm”… you know, because all three of those guys are on my xmas lists.

Though he lacks the crossover name recognition of producers like the Field, Burial, and Lindstrøm, Germany’s Hendrik Weber is one of the leading figures in modern techno. As Pantha du Prince, he has up until now released two albums of meticulous, minimal-inspired house music. The last, 2007?s This Bliss, found the rare balance between ambient sweep and dancefloor bounce, and it’s only grown in stature since its release. In part because of a move from the smaller Dial Records to Rough Trade and guest spots from some indie heavyweights, his new LP, Black Noise, is being met with more excitement this time around. And with good reason: Said to be born out of a period of musical exploration in the Swiss Alps, the record is both a stylistic departure for Weber and an extension of what he already does well.

Weber is unlike most minimal techno producers in that he doesn’t look to locate one groove and ride it for the course of a track. His songs open up, unfurl, and regularly change course. With Black Noise he develops this to incorporate a wide range of sounds– field recordings, atonal noise, and stray percussion all populate the album. Above all, here he aims to reproduce sounds already in nature, and where This Bliss was airy and celestial, this record is gritty and earthbound. It’s darker, more forceful, and more chaotic. – Pitchfork

The Sight Below

@ Echoplex
enter at 1154 Glenda