On The Verge
A Little Different Than Pop
“It usually starts with a beat, with a rhythm we really like,” says Nigel Evan Dennis of the Chicago-based experimental pop quintet A Lull. Along with Todd Miller, Mike Brown, Ashwin Deepankar and Aaron Vincel, the band explores dense layers of drum and percussion lines infused with delicate vocals, psych-tinged guitar and instrumental offerings, and electronic overtones. Toss in the odd crackle of a trash bag or explosion of a shattering bottle and you have the cacophonous sound that A Lull is known for. “When we started, we didn’t know what it was going to sound like,” admits Dennis. “We wanted to write pop music, but do it a little differently.” The release of their first LP, Confetti, was the outcome of a feverish burst of energy that resulted in 78 songs. “It was nice because we were able to record ourselves,” relays Dennis. “We would sit around and come up with a beat we liked and build on that.” They chose 11 of these for the album and released an additional four on the Confetti Reprise follow-up EP. With new songs in the works, Dennis says the band will still incorporate at least two drums in their live performance, and that he thinks “the new stuff is way better than Confetti. ”
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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