Russian Circles, Wovenhand, Taiga 18+ Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Jan. 30, 9 p.m. 2015

As a member of disbanded postmetal giant Isis, keyboardist and third guitarist Bryant Clifford Meyer brought a chilling, airy atmosphere to the table that perfectly contrasted with the punishing heaviness the rest of the band created. And that juxtaposition between ambient and crushing quickly became the band’s hallmark. With his solo Taiga project, though, Meyer creates sweeping, cinematic electronic soundscapes, which is a pretty direct sonic antithesis to the output of his former Isis bandmate Aaron Turner, who has only been getting heavier and rawer with his groups Old Man Gloom and Sumac. If you took Isis and stripped away its wall of heavy-metal guitars, you’d be left with Taiga. Since 2007 Meyer has released a solid handful of quietly epic records of sunny found sounds, icy ambience, oscillating bleeps and bloops, and lurking moods. His ventures—postrock supergroup Red Sparrowes and the Isis-Deftones team-up Palms among them—usually sound like Black Sabbath and Neurosis, but Taiga more closely resembles Tangerine Dream. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $20, $18 in advance

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