When: Fri., Jan. 13, 7 p.m. 2017
Most bands that seek to conjoin emo and postrock aim for epic and don’t look back, but Chicago’s Mother Evergreen is more interested in atmospheric reveries that have the warmth of a log cabin awash in the orange glow of a lit fireplace. Main man Evan Gale Loritsch, who owns a number of ranks in Chicago emo army Island of Misfit Toys, may have self-released Mother Evergreen’s eponymous debut in May, but the record’s hushed vocals, tender melodies, and glimmering instrumental flourishes are an elixir for winter. On the instrumental “Wend” Loritsch marries nimble and restrained cycling guitars, bulbous and incandescent keys, and pitter-patter percussion—both acoustic and electronic—to create an ambience that’s magical and realistically cozy. Mother Evergreen exude a lot of what can make winter joyful if you’re willing to shield yourself from harsh temperatures and best appreciate what you create during the darkest days.