Two touring acts offer distinctively warped takes on electronic pop. Info
Portland, Oregon duo Binary Marketing Show swath their songs in gorgeous melancholy, each track drawing on a slightly different configuration of tenderly warped sounds. Abram Morphew and Bethany Carder's vocal melodies and sparse electronics also evoke a feeling of resilience—they may put a lot of sadness in the foreground of "The Unknowing," or an itchy anxiety atop "Days From Now," both from the new Short-Term Fix For A Long-Term Death, but somewhere in the background there's a joyous clatter, an exuberance that can be placed at a distance but never quite suppressed. This music comforts and questions in equal measure.
Touring alongside Binary Marketing Show here is Bob Bucko Jr., a tireless experimental musician from Dubuque whose work has ranged from explosive dissonant free-jazz to scrappy, introverted electronic pop. The latter predominates on Bucko's 2017 solo release Decelebrate, which lays wan but catchy vocals over scratchy, shuffling arrangements of synth, drum machine, mysteriously sourced electronic noise, and the occasional banjo or guitar to warm things up. Sharing the bill here are two experimental Madison acts, the multi-faceted psych/electronic solo project Terran and the unpredictable drone duo Woodman/Earhart (which features Tone Madison contributor Emili Earhart). —Scott Gordon