Saturday the action moves to Heaven Gallery with a headlining performance by LA's Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallones). Like many artists in the ambient/experimental/psych underground, Sun Araw is maddeningly prolific, and I haven't heard too much of its prodigious output. I can say that the new Ancient Romans (Sun Ark) loads its extended, hypnotizing jams with a mind-warping, murky amalgam of hijacked 80s pop, noodly psychedelia, and heavy dub. Below you can listen to "Crete," a song from the new record.
Preceding Sun Araw are Oneohtrix Point Never and an edited screening of Staring Into the Sun, a dazzling video travelogue through the sights and sounds of tribal Ethiopia by filmmaker Olivia Wyatt—the full 60-minute film is available in a gorgeously packaged 136-page book (via Sublime Frequencies) that includes 117 color photos and a CD of field recordings of traditional music. You can check out the trailer below the Sun Araw track.
Finally, on Sunday night sound artist and recent Chicago transplant Nicholas Szczepanik makes his local debut at the Empty Bottle, kicking off a bill that also includes Pelican, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, and Ducktails.
Sun Araw, "Crete":
Oval photo: Constantin Falk
Jacám Manricks, Trigonometry (Posi-Tone)
Stian Skagen, The Inward Rising (Prisma)
Timothy Andres, Shy and Mighty (Nonesuch)
Harold López-Nussa Trio, Herencia (World Village)
Lene Grenager, Affinis Suite (+3dB)