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Syneva, Velleitie, Shikimo, Forest Management

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Syneva .  Photo by Lisa Diamond.

Syneva. Photo by Lisa Diamond.

While it's exciting to get another enveloping set from Chicago ambient explorer Forest Management, who was just here in May, I'm also stoked that this show will draw more attention to the work of Madison-based left-field imprint Vesten Records. A collaboration between Madisonians Hendrix Gullixson (who will perform here in his solo project Syneva, which recently released a new album, Limbo Victorian) and Aedric Donovan, the largely digital and sonically spacey outlet has dropped titles from 2016’s Eft from Madison-based dream-pop outfit Dash Hounds to its latest outing—a gorgeous, pop-ambient drifter in this year’s Scheming The Afterimage With God Herself from Chicago’s Velleitie, who will also perform. Iowan synth-pop instrumentalist and Vesten affiliate Shikimo rounds out the bill. Gullixson and Donovan have just decided that the label won't continue into the future, but it's still worth catching this solid bill of ambient musicians from around the Midwest. —Joel Shanahan