Gigamesh, Psychic Twin
Wed, November 30
Doors: 7:00 pm
STRFKR - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Gigamesh - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Matthew Masurka was lucidly dreaming one morning in high school as Prince’s sonic masterpiece, I Would Die 4 U, danced from his clock radio and embedded in his soul. Already an avid music-lover, it wasn't until that pivotal moment that Matthew began to channel his nascent love into what would eventually become the alias for which he is known the world over, Gilgamesh.
A Minnesota native, Gigamesh couldn't resist the infectious influence of the Minneapolis Sound. He even briefly interned under the tutelage of one of Prince's engineers, an experience which helped him acquire additional tools he needed to perfect his synth-driven style. In addition to classic pop, his early influences included Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Aphex Twin, and Radiohead.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in music, Gigamesh released a series of popular bootlegs. His first paid project, a remix of Mike Posner's Cooler Than Me, peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts and made Gigamesh a two-time, multiplatinum-selling producer in the process. With the wind in his sails, Gigamesh went on to make other viral remix hits for artists like Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Foster The People, Donna Summer, and several others. He also produced two critically acclaimed EPs: the self-titled Gigamesh on Our Label Records, and All My Life on Kitsuné. Fast forward to 2015, and Gigamesh was lighting up the airwaves again with his euphoric cut, The Music, following it up with a Caroline Smith collaboration on Control.
Gigamesh is now set to release his debut full-length album, Time Travel. Due later this summer, the long-anticipated LP will introduce fans to a more expansive and modern musical palette. Liberated from stringent genre categorization, Time Travel infuses a variety of electronic styles underpinned by classisc song structure and lyricism. It promises to be Gigamesh’s most exciting and multi-faceted pieces of work to date.
Psychic Twin - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
In dreams, we rarely know what we are running from or toward. We only know we must keep running, continue searching. Psychic Twin’s debut album, Strange Diary, lives in that state of surreal urgency. What’s in front of us or behind us can’t be described, but we are sure in our bones that what we are searching for exists just a few steps away. These songs are “dreamlike” in a more fundamental sense than that overused descriptor implies. They reflect the emotionally arduous and unpredictable journey that singer, songwriter, and composer Erin Fein took to creating them.
The making of Strange Diary spans four years and two states. Fein began writing and composing solo material in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. amid the dissolution of her marriage. Following the divorce, she relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. and continued to write and record-despite lineup changes and the lonely disorientation that comes from shedding an old life and starting over. The album contains songs written before, during, and after the divorce, from both New York and Illinois. The subject of each song is an unnamed “you,” who she alternately pleads with and flees from. “These songs are 100% a diary of my life over the last four years,” says Fein.
Today, Psychic Twin’s evolution includes drummer Rosana Caban and Fein’s absorption of several sources of inspiration. While rooted in the avant pop of The Cocteau Twins, Siousxie, and Annie Lennox, contemporary production flourishes lend each song the clarity and buoyancy of modern pop. The music balances languid, dark melodies and atmosphere with propulsive rhythms and soaring vocal lines. It’s beautiful and catchy. It’s like the sound of someone reaching the end of that dream, finding what they’ve been searching for through all the haze.
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