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Randal Bravery, S.AL, Wing Vilma, Terran

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

Ever-evolving Milwaukee producer Randal Bravery wanders between solid beats and ambient abstraction. Info

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Milwaukee producer Randal Bravery, real name Brandon Washington, has one foot solidly planted in hip-hop (he's a member of rapper Milo's Ruby Yacht collective), but that's never stopped him from spiraling out into ethereal psychedelic funk or spacey electronic abstractions. On Kala-Nemi, a 14-track collection released in March, Washington combines lush synth beds, crackling percussion, snatches of sampled dialogue, and a cavernous expanse of reverb. Tracks like "Song for Junpei Pt. I & II" and "Julian Lynch Flip" (apparently sampling the Madison-based musician) trick the listener into hovering somewhere between the solidity of the beat and the eerie calm of Washington's subtly twisting melodies. A pair of ambient tracks released in April is pretty unmoored from rhythm, opting instead for a deftly manipulated landscape of synth drones and staticky textures. Washington's broad sonic curiosity and ever-evolving setup also make Randal Bravery's live sets a chance to watch the whole project evolve in real time. —Scott Gordon