Pillars and Tongues returns to Santa Fe once again!
Around this time last year, Chicago’s Pillars and Tongues enchanted us with their superb album The Pass and Crossings on Empty Cellar Records, a stunning blend of slow-burning neo folk and melancholic, blue-eyed and cloud-gazing yet earthbound psychedelia.
Tomorrow, the band will head off on an extensive late spring/early summer tour through the States, starting in their hometown’s The Hideout (go here for the complete list of dates). To mark the occasion, Pillars and Tongues have just released a free digital single, a re-recorded and alternate version of “(Laid) Palms to Tell”, which had already been a standout on The Pass and Crossings and that will be featured on a limited tour release. Below, you may watch the song’s gorgeously colorful and aptly arcane video, made by Alex Babbitt.
The free digital single “(Laid) Palms to Tell” is available over at bandcamp alongside two other tracks.
Extremadura is Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel and A Hawk and A Hacksaw fame perfroms solo
Black Iron Trio makes thier performance debut!
Black Iron Trio is the newest project formed by New Orleans precussionist, Milton Villarrubia, III. This trio features J.A. “Dino” Deane (Lapsteel dulcimer and electronics), Carlos Santistevan (acoustic upright bass), and Milton Villarrubia, III (drum kit with effects). Using improvisation as a vehicle for thier pieces, the trio explores the dynamics of music by combining the completely acoustic upright bass with two low volume amplified instruments that are then processed through effects boxes. At times mellow and blue and other times thick and ferocious grinding rules the sonic sheets of sound, always with a focus on maintaning the dynamics of the music to allow the listener to always feel the intimacy of the upright bass. By combining ukelele, dulcimer, bass and drums in this environment, Black Iron Trio is creating a new form of electro-acoustic folk music at it’s best.
Deane and Santistevan have played together in numerous projects including: Out of Context (w/ Deane as conductor), The Late Severa Wires and Taiji Pole. Villarrubia and Santistevan have been playing music together since 1999 and have been cohorts in numerous projects that have ranged from fictitous avant-garde talk show house band to thier raucous-teenage-duo iNK oN pAPER.