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Matt Jencik, Matchess, Auscultation

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Chicago's Matt Jencik (Implodes, Circuit des Yeux, Don Caballero) constructs cavernous soundscapes that consume your consciousness, inducing periods of deep listening and blanking the mental slate. Jenick's 2017 Hands In The Dark Records release, Weird Times, consists of 10 ambient tracks made up of unused guitar riffs, deconstructed and reworked into boundless spheres of expansive, abysmal drone arrangements. Weird Times enfolds the listener, stripping one's mind of unease and filling it with a nothingness disguised in smoldered guitar and rippling overtones. Chicago violist and sound explorer Whitney Johnson, under the name Matchess, makes music that invokes a flood of organic lushness—sometimes haunting, usually succulent. "Alite," from her 2016 release The Rafter, initially sets up a series of drones before opening up into a cosmic interlude of synthy suppleness. Matchess definitely creates a certain coherent atmosphere, yet The Rafter is anything but static. Each track weaves through channels leisurely expanding and contracting, occasionally veering into stretches of open space. Madison's own Auscultation opens this Tone Madison-presented night with rhythmic thoughtfulness and gauzy ambience. A ticket pre-sale is available now, and donors to our Patreon page receive discounted admission. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: October 14
Columbus (free)
Later Event: October 14
Graham Nash