Tone Madison presents an electronic show that explores ambient music and points beyond. Info/tix
Chicago musician John Daniel has created a vast and resourceful body of ambient work under the name Forest Management. Across three dozen or so albums, EPs, and collaborative recordings since 2013, Forest Management has ventured into spaces that feel scratchy, nocturnal, and elegantly sculpted in spite of what sounds at first like a more lo-fi approach. Tracks like "Club Vantage Point," "Flying Through The Night," and "All For A Moment Of Pleasure"—all from his 2018 album 21st Century Man—also have unmistakable momentum as compositions, giving the listener rich melodic elements to grab onto amid Daniel's hazy and at times unnerving soundscapes. There's no end of textural detail to sink into if you're listening for it, but the real power here is in Daniel's patience and harmonic backbone.
Forest Management headlines this Tone Madison-presented show—the first of 2019—with one fellow touring artist and two lesser-appreciated but compelling Madison artists. Traveling up with him will be Chicago's Faithful, who incorporates elements of experimental electronic music, sound collage, and jarring beats into the 2010 release Truthless Repro Faith. Madison's Ilana Bryne has released a handful of tracks under the name Nothing Natural, some of them drawing on stark techno and others delving into suspenseful ambiance, but she's working under her own name and drawing on her love of house and drum 'n' bass on the new Low Earth Orbit EP, on Portuguese label Naive. Syneva, the project of Madison producer Hendrix Gullixson, has issued a series of dense and haunting ambient pieces over the past few years.