Sun Splitter, Steven Hess & Mike Weis, Mind Over Mirrors | Impala Gallery | Rock, Pop, Etc, Experimental | Chicago Reader

Sun Splitter, Steven Hess & Mike Weis, Mind Over Mirrors All Ages

When: Thu., May 5, 9 p.m. 2011

When Jaime Fennelly (Peeesseye, Phantom Limb & Bison, Acid Birds) relocated from Bushwick, Brooklyn, to Washington's San Juan Islands in 2007, the multi-instrumentalist swapped the catharsis of onstage performance for the more private outlet of snapping black-and-white pictures whilst going about his work as a restoration forester. After moving first to Seattle and then to Chicago, he's transmuted his memories of that time into the music of Mind Over Mirrors. By playing his Indian harmonium (a bellows-driven keyboard) through a tape echo and some guitar effects, Fennelly builds up massive walls of sound, which he records to tape—a choice that parallels his decision to take pictures with film. The saturated, in-the-red sound of MOM's debut LP, The Voice Rolling (Digitalis), matches the grainy quality of Fennelly's photos, and the music has a similar sense of charged immediacy. The remorselessly churning "Barely Spun" rolls over you much like Faust's epic "Krautrock," and looped feedback so corrodes the stark melody of "Point Hammond" that it sounds like you'll find flakes of rust instead of a vinyl groove when you return to the record. —Bill Meyer

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