When: Fri., July 27, 10 p.m. 2012
Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho, aka Blues Control, have skipped out on New York City for the more rural setting of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, and they admit that the change has affected their creative process: as Waterhouse puts it, there's now a "window where we could watch animals while we jam." Their piano-driven instrumentals still combine new age music, Krautrock, and classic rock, and on most of the new Valley Tangents (Drag City), especially "Opium Den/Fade to Blue," you can hear the influence of their pastoral environment: it's got a kind of backwoodsy Cluster aesthetic, emphasizing meditative noodling and rolling rhythms that make you wish for a hammock, damn it. My favorite track on the new album, "Iron Pigs," adds some prominent synths so that it occasionally sounds like a wonky mashup of Rocky montages and the training scene from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!—but Blues Control's usual bassy piano and blurry psychedelic guitar trails never go anywhere. Four albums in, the duo really has a handle on a floating, meandering, almost existential approach, unconcerned with arriving at a particular destination and very cool with just being. —Kevin Warwick Chandeliers open.