When: Wed., April 13, 9 p.m. 2016
As coleader of Parts & Labor, the Brooklyn noise-rock unit that broke up in 2012, Dan Friel lassoed the abrasive, mutated sounds that froth in dingy, poorly lit basements and yanked them up toward the cosmos. He continues to push noise into an interesting new terrain, and his solo instrumental work has a gnarly, experimental facade, even as its heart beats a pop-ready euphoric pulse. On last year’s Life (Thrill Jockey) he builds dense, looming, animated tracks using a toy keyboard and loads of other gear, imparting a vitality through plastic parts and knobs that shouldn’t be able to manufacture such colorful compositions. Gleaming, fuzzy melodies stretch upward like skyscrapers of stained-glass windows. Songs seamlessly transition from an industrial clomp to a dance thump, and Friel steers his music towards gentle, tender moments even as the decibel rate feels like it could blow off the roof.