When: Thu., Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Scott Morgan named his long-standing electronic project Loscil after a looping oscillator function in the audio-programming language Csound. But even though it bears a name derived from code, Loscil’s music is an organic mixture of electronic textures, acoustic instruments, and field recordings. Morgan, who also soundtracks video games and drums with indie-rock band Destroyer, developed his new album, Monument Builders (Kranky), from sounds he recorded around his house in Vancouver; teapots, synthesizers, electronic beats, and French horns blur into one another as his multilayered, open-ended pieces churn on, sounding like Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas project might have if it included horn charts written by Philip Glass. Loscil, who’s been associated with the formerly Chicago-based Kranky label since 2001, is touring with labelmate and fellow one-man band Thomas Meluch, who records under the name Benoit Pioulard; the latter’s latest record, The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter, reconciles the pixilated ambient textures that dominated its predecessor, Sonnet, with earnest songs built around his reassuring croon, kitchen-sink percussion loops, and briskly strummed acoustic guitar.