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EMS, nothing natural, Kleptix

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

EMS is the solo synth-drone project of Portland-based musician Vern Avola. On her 2016 release Liebe Für Alle, Avola creates a slowly evolving sense of swampy elasticity. Bubbling within this wavering channel of loosely situated, particulate noise are steadily evolving lines of coherence. Avola's music is bound by a certain clarity—both in melodic direction and timbral lucidity—permeating through the vague confines of the hazy, nebulous drone. Joining EMS here are two Madison-based acts. Nothing natural is the dark techno project of Ilana Bryne, whose recent track "Scorched" constructs a chilled, placid space supported by a shallow throb. Kleptix, the solo project of Troy Peterson, is best known for creating colorful, animated dance sets, but will be showcasing something a bit different at this Tone Madison-presented show. —Emili Earhart