Switched On has always felt it necessary to help organize, curate, and support various styles of electronic music in our fair city. This time around we are proud to present Sorne, Bali Yaaah, and Troller at The North Door (ND) August 31st, 2013.
Admission will be $8 at the door ($6 pre-sale) in order to support these talents!
About the artists...
"It's as if Freddie Mercury, David Byrne, an early David Bowie, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Cure's Robert Smith had gotten together and had a baby. He (Morgan Sorne) is an enigma, chanting like an ancient tribesman, stomping like he's dancing for rain, and whirling like a helicopter, while his voice scales the ranges of the mesmerizing and hypnotic, to almost unnaturally Edith Piaf high notes." -Stephen Macmillan Moser of Austin Chronicle
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"Bali Yaaah has a droning 60's psychedelia approach to 80's synth pop. Think love child between Velvet Underground and Depeche Mode. A fusion of deep fuzzy organs, syncopated drum machines, dubbed out bass, and blazing guitars, this trio establishes an enticing wall of dark dreamy sound. Driven by band leader and organist Chris Brown (Space Invader Orchestra), complimented by guitarist Jonas Hodges (Blase Faire, X=X) and bassist Alan Uribe (Sub Oslo, Tacks, the boy disaster, and Charanga Cakewalk) together, the band evokes an alluring blend of dark synth-pop, and art rock. Rhythmically, the group's influences come from around the world. Hints of African, Asian, and Latin traditions provide the backbone to many of the group's familiar, yet foreign compositions. Their live performances have increasingly become spectacles of light and motion that meld sublimely with the band's psyched out disco doom. Their highly recommended debut EP release, Never Early Always Fate has set the stage as Bali Yaaah continues to break new ground in danceable psychedelic music. The band is currently working on a collaborative effort of remixes due out before the new year."
"Troller's album cover art, likely swiped from an Eighties swinger mag, sports an androgynous woman wearing only a leather vest – with an axe positioned strategically between her legs. That barbaric smuttiness defies the sonic polish positioning Troller as the most stylistically accessible project from local experimental label Holodeck. The group's debut, originally released on cassette and twice re-pressed on vinyl, includes 10 tracks that ride high on heavily processed beats, mellowed vocal wails, distorted bass guitar riffs, and dark analog discharges. Opener "Milk" pounds hard with Adam Jones' echo-maxed kick-and-snare hits, sounding like deep space hip-hop before layers of single-note phaser noises get strategically dumped atop the alien mix. Later, "Winter" demonstrates Troller's potential for beauty with twinkling keyboard pulses and Amber Star Ormand's steamy and soaring, yet lyrically indiscernible vocals. In between, several extended ambient passages splice in, but they don't test your patience as much as provide useful segues that make Troller enjoyable from initial needle drop to closer "Peace Dream," which hints at Sabbath with a doomed bassline rumbling under misty layers of analog noise. Slow, heavy, and dark, but not evil, Troller tranquilizes with unclassifiable mood music." -The Austin Chronicle