Event Category: Event
Mahall’s Main Stage
Saturday, May 4th
Doors at 8:00PM – Show at 9:00PM
$12 ADV / $15 DOS
Klaus Johann Grobe (Switzerland) – Swiss group Klaus Johann Grobe have been at it since 2012, and as they prepare to release their third album “Du Bist So Symmetrisch” (and third on Trouble In Mind), the group continues to defy description & blur the lines between electronic pop, dance music, synthesis & kosmische.
“Du Bist So Symmetrisch” follows the inevitable path laid out by their previous album (the Basel Prize-winning “Spagat der Liebe”), incorporating the slinky, jazz-fusion-laced grooves populating late night clubs and braiding them together with the band’s own blend of mutant electro-funk. Driven by an organic, metronomic beat aligned with synth, chant-like vocals, and a monstrous funky bass, the music aims towards a certain kind of hypnosis, particularly as the sleeping pill echo-heavy vocals cycle over the locked grooves the pair throw down. “Du Bist…” begins with the cascading arpeggio of a synth, edging into view, before lurching into the placid dancefloor groove of the first single “Discogedanken”. While the band invariably feels more at home in the club, Klaus Johann Grobe certainly aim towards the more dance-orientated arena of German music (see “Der König” or “Von Gestern”), aligning the metro pulse of Klaus Dinger and Kraftwerk’s later techno work to more biological factors – like moss growing on the mainframe.
Vinyl Williams – he rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams’s Opal LP is finally coming to the conscious surface in the warped form of a celestial hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies into a macrocosmic epicenter.
Out of such came 10 tracks of incessantly lush pop songs that can be used to intangibly dress your dream palace. It was recorded almost exclusively by Lionel Williams at Non Plus Ultra (all ages venue / studio in LA he’s involved in) with the exception of Gal Lazer (ex-drummer of Yonatan Gat) playing hand drums on Aphelion, and Ian Gibbs (Williams’s long time musical partner) overdubbing guitar & synth on several tracks. Through the process of recording individual tracks onto a VHS camcorder, as well as using handheld cassette devices, the fluttery lo-fi guitar & synth sounds became architecturalized by hi-fi drum sounds, keeping the warbly rollercoaster somehow on track.
Williams also creates his own immersive realms in the form of 360º videos, downloadable explorable worlds, and interactive web art. These ineffable environments impress upon transcendental incorporeal states of being, termed noumena. Two elements – anima (Jung’s term for femininity embedded in masculinity) & pneuma (the octave above air) give rise to these vast lands of sublimity.