Conspirator, Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, FaltyDL | Concord Music Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Conspirator, Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, FaltyDL Recommended 18+ Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Feb. 1, 9 p.m. 2014

Experimental producer Guillermo Scott Herren has used a handful of stage names—on his first album, 1997’s Sleep Method Suite, he’s Delarosa & Asora, and since then he’s called himself Ahmad Szabo, Piano Overlord, and of course Prefuse 73. On his most recent full-length under that name, 2011’s The Only She Chapters (Warp), Herren’s dense, kitchen-sink electronic music segues from angelic to unsettling in moments, piling up field recordings, minimalist percussion, and an uncountable number of unidentifiable noises, inluding what sounds like a plucked koto. The sinister “The Only Hand to Hold” transforms the singing of My Brightest Diamond front woman Shara Worden into something like a chopped-and-screwed sample without destroying the beauty of her voice. As Prefuse 73, Herren recently launched a relatively relaxed-sounding, more hip-hop-focused project called Sons of the Morning with California beat maker Teebs, who’s signed to Flying Lotus’s outre Brainfeeder label; in the fall they dropped their debut, the dreamy Speak Soon, Volume 1 EP (the first release on Herren’s Yellow Year Records). With its serene and unusual post-Dilla beats, sometimes muffled like they’re playing underwater, it borders on ambient music—the layers of light percussion and airy synths on “Movement in Mercury” might lull you into a late-afternoon nap. —Leor Galil Conspirator headlines; Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL open.

Price: $24.50, $21.50 in advance

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