In Tall Buildings, Adam Busch, Joe Adamik Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Dec. 4, 10 p.m. 2015

Adam Busch may have pulled up stakes and moved to Texas a year ago, but there’s still a lot of Chicago in his first solo album, River Of Bricks (Meno Mosso). Most of the musicians on it are from around here, and the parts that Busch didn’t record at west-side studio Minbal were tracked in Arizona by former Chicagoan and Boxhead Ensemble leader Michael Krassner. The record’s ten songs encompass the many things that have made Busch’s music with his old bands Manishevitz and Sonoi appealing: rustic acoustic picking, glowing brass fanfares, Eno-esque atmospherics, and power-pop waltzing. And he replaces the jittery qualities of his earlier work with a warm sense of wonder—it’s not only the most accomplished record of his career, it’s the most appealing. Busch will play with former Manishevitz drummer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Adamik, who has an album of his own called Super Low due out soon on Busch’s Meno Mosso label. It’s a similarly eclectic affair, sounding at times like a mashup of the Young Marble Giants and the Band.

Bill Meyer

Price: $10

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