AMN Reviews: Future Usses – The Existential Haunting (2018; Pelagic Records)

Future Usses is an unconventional take on the traditional power trio that lands between post-rock and doom metal. The group consists of Sacha Dunable on guitar and loops, Derek Donley on drums, and Dan Wilburn on bass. The Existential Haunting is their debut. In addition to power chords and echoing picked motifs, Dunable uses various forms of processing and overdubbing to produce synth-like sounds from his guitar. As a consequence, the overall sound is thicker and richer than one would expect from a three-piece, often verging on the orchestral or cinematic.

While Dunable’s lead instrument is attention-getting, with its distortion turned up almost to the overdrive level, Donley and Wilburn are a more than competent rhythm section. Wilburn makes his bass growl, bounce, and pound through heavy patterns and subtle foreground efforts. Donley adds a generous dose of fills to his metal-styled drumming. This varied approach results in each track having its own distinct character. And especially toward the second half of the album, Future Usses explores atmospherics with sequenced interludes and the aforementioned synth elements.

As an example, Absolute Zero begins with heavily distorted and processed overdubbed guitar, then breaks into a slow-moving – yet soaring – melody accompanied by a rubbery bass line.  At about the halfway mark, the guitar is replaced in part by a choral patch. This prevails over a driving rhythm until it is ultimately rejoined by the guitar picking out, and then riffing out, a repetitive strain for the remainder of the piece.

The Existential Haunting is an exploration of timbre and texture as much as more customary rock stylings. While I would not call this album strictly avant-garde, it strays far enough from the beaten path to warrant a strong nod. Check it out on its release date of September 14.

AMN Picks of the Week: Devin Sarno / Comes & Aldinucci / Haarvöl / Daniel & Wiese / Future Usses

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Devin Sarno – Visitor (Suite) (2018)
Martijn Comes & Giulio Aldinucci – Crystalline Tragedies / The Procession (distant motionless shores) (2018)
Haarvöl – Peripherad Debris (2018)
Drew Daniel / John Wiese – Continuous Hole (2018)
Future Usses – The Existential Haunting (2018)

Chicago Scene: August 11-18, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8:00PM at Reggies, 2105 S. State St.
Simulacrum with John Zorn

Sunday, August 12th 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Miller Solo
Jonah Parzen-Johnson Solo

Monday, August 13th 2018

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Sarah Marie Hughes Solo
Sara Marie Hughes, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt, Jim Baker

Tuesday, August 14th 2018

6:00PM-8:00PM on Lumpen Radio 105.5 FM
bel_Air presents
Jason Stein Solo

Thursday, August 16th 2018

6:00PM at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan ($10-$5)
Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee
Matana Roberts

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Joshua Abrams Solo
Joshua Abrams with special guest

Friday, August 17th 2018

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)
Wei Zhongle
Desert Liminal

Saturday, August 18th 2018

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($5 suggested donation)
Matt Piet, Matt Lux
Jason Stein, Adam Shead
Matt Piet, Matt Lux, Jason Stein, Adam Shead

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Jazzword

Source: Jazzword.

Yuko Fujiyama
Night Wave

Ken Vandermark & Michael Snow
Duol

Porta Palace Collective + Rob Mazurek
Stone

Brad Garton/Dave Soldier
The Brainwave Music Project

Miller/Martino/Northover
The Dinner Party

Steve Noble/Adrian Northover/Daniel Thompson
Ag

Lurk Lab
More Trouble with Honey Pumps

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin
Ninety-Nine Years

Vinny Golia Sextet
Trajectory

Vinny Golia Wind Quartet
Live at the Century City Playhouse

Roulette in September

Source: New York’s Roulette.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2018: PAUL PINTO, HELGA DAVIS, LUCY DHEGRAE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
RBF features 9 of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte blanche to curate their repertoire.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2018: JEN SHYU, KIERA DUFFY, CAROLINE SHAW
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
RBF features 9 of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte blanche to curate their repertoire.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2018: SARAH MARIA SUN, PAMELA Z, GELSEY BELL
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
RBF features 9 of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte blanche to curate their repertoire.

THE JAMIE BAUM SEPTET+: “BRIDGES” ALBUM RELEASE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Global influences transform compositions into an exciting tapestry, taking the listener into territory that feels both familiar and unknown.

KONK PACK TRIO
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
In their first New York appearance since 2010, Konk Pack presents an evening of improvised music.

RBA: MITA NAG, HASSAN HAIDER, & SUBHEN CHATTERJEE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Classical Music of India

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Mahobin: Satoko Fujii / Lotte Anker / Ikue Mori / Natsuki Tamura! Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love! Paul Rutherford / Ken Vandermark QT! Nine Discs from NoBusiness: Kaoru Abe & Saby Toyozumi! Alex Von Schlippenbach & Aki Takase! Bobby Naughton / (Wadada) Leo Smith / Perry Robinson! Barre Phillips & Motoharu Yoshizawa! Kang Tae Hwan Solo & Trio!

Itaru Oki Trio! Choi Sun Bae Quartet! Pascal Niggenkemper 2 CD Set with John Butcher & Xu Fengxia! Kyko Kitamura’s Tidepool Fauna! Plus Archival Discs from The Mother of Invention! Gryphon! Bridget St. John! Serge Gainsbourg & Michel Colombier! Records from Charles K Noyes & Owen Maercks! Tubby Hayes Qt! Paul Flaherty & Chris Corsano! Mako Sica & Hamid Drake! Charlemagne Palestine! and Much More..!

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Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

THE DMG 28TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday August 12th:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG and KIRK KNUFFKE – Clarinet and Cornet – CD Release Set
7pm: JUANMA TRUJILLO / HERY PAZ / DAYEON SECK – Guitar / Sax / Drums

Sunday, August 19th
6pm: ROBERT DICK and LESZEK “HEFI” WISNIOSKI – International Flute Duo
7pm: ALEX LOUDOUDIS and RAS MOSHE – Drums and Tenor Sax

Monday, August 20th – Downtown Music Gallery Anniversary Celebration – Part 2:
8pm: NATE WOOLEY and CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Zurcher Gallery – 33 Bleecker Street in NYC!

Sunday, August 26th
6pm: AARON RUBINSTEIN and NATE WOOLEY!
7pm: XANDER NAYLOR / RICK PARKER – Guitar / Trombone and Electronics!

Sunday, September 2nd:
6pm: CHARMAINE LEE!
7pm: KYOKO KITAMURA / LEONID GALAGANOV – Vocals / Percussion & Shakuhachi!
8pm: CARLOS QUEBRADA from Nicotina y Primavera!