Three electronic solo projects from Madison team up on a great bill. Info
Vocalist and producer Ethan Jackson has been charming Madisonians for a few years now with the the idiosyncratic R&B he makes under the name Mr. Jackson. His first two albums, 2014's The Golden Hour Groove Session and 2016's Black Gandalf, alternated between punchy funk tracks like "The Golden Treatment" and languid, psychedelic meditations like "Is It Her,” all of them building on Jackson's dramatic vocals—frequently jumping between falsetto and sultry baritone—and incisive electronics-driven production. Mr. Jackson's most recent single, "The 7th Deadly Move," is a bit more on his spaced-out side but also finds his production palette expanding a bit, with chopped-up vocal samples and acoustic guitar sliding in around his usual lush synth chords. A new album, The Original Lovesaver, is in the works, so Jackson might roll out a good amount of new material at this show.
He shares the bill here with two other mostly-electronic Madison solo project. Terrance Barrett of psych-shredders Revolver Ocelot (formerly known as Carbon Bangle) explores a wide range of feral synths, otherworldly guitar, and unconventional songwriting approaches under his Terran moniker. Mori Mente, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and singer Courtney Jarman, made Tone Madison's local year-end list with this year's EP Comparison (The Thief Of Joy), which channels elements of lounge-jazz and surf rock into a set of electronic goth-pop confections. —Scott Gordon