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A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
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Sea When Absent (Lefse Records) opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy. 

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August 30, 2014
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The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Left of Logic, 10 Million
 
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Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  SAT FOUNDATION, MON Drunk Piano w/ Jay Davidson
 
Electric Factory SAT The Hooters (Revel)
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Sun Cinema, Red Letter Life, Moonshine Social, Confused Disciples, SAT (Upstairs) Soldier On, Peter Grouch (Downstairs) Breakwater
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Lay Off Leo, Disturbing Daisy, SAT Uptown Tone
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Revolution, I Love You (Single Release), Kim Jong III
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Vital Stats
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Foxtrot & The Get Down
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Risky Disko, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Tweed
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT The Dogs of Lust, SUN Mike & Shanna
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Reverend Chris and the High Rollers, SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service, (Late) Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Fastfest: Fastride, On Top, American Evil/TheHuddle, Mekhai, Brian Fitzy, Chess, Nitra, SAT Skyline Beat/ The Matching Shoes Trio, SUN Threatpoint
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Gun Metal Gray, Soraia, Sulfur Tongue, SAT Blood Storm
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Thunder and Glory
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Delco Pacers, Family Vacation, Those People, SAT Seagulls (Album Release), Tutlie
 
Made in America (Ben Franklin Parkway)
Skate Park Stage SAT OCD: Moosh & Twist, Pissed Jeans, SUN Cruisr, Nothing, The Menzingers
Freedom Stage SUN Noah Breakfast
Liberty Stage SUN Vacationer
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) SAT Biadazminae, ACV Band
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Vincent James, Jeff Twardzik, Leigh Goldstein, Kim Edwards, Brooke Falls, Valerie West, SAT Harry Walther Band, Adam Kowalczyk
 
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Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) MON Twin Pines, Dark Thoughts
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI (Acoustic Show) Kevin Brusha, Brandon Ayres (Rasputin’s Secret Police), Open Wide (Tyler Ransford of Brontide), Shana (Jetset Liars) Curtis Cooper (Community Service) Jake (Permiscuah), Matt Munin (Time Hitler and the Assholes from Space), Brian Walker (A Day Without Love)
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Old Scratch, Dead Tenors, Mock Suns, Village, Snoozer
 
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Honey Radar, Abi Reimold
 
XO Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Stellarscope, Chestnut Groove, SmoKe, Willow Talk
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Forbidden Rooms
 
Yell Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Strawberry Hands
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) MON Twin Pines, Dark Thoughts
 
August 29, 2014
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Baroque-pop outfit Liz & the Lost Boys have been gaining some acclaim - thanks in part to the whimsical lyrics and lush harp chords of Liz Giavolino, with their music merging elements of folk with classical jazz. The group debuted their latest two-song EP As If/Explain this week, and will be celebrating its arrival with a performance at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They’ll be joined by Maitland, who have recently released a new track themselves via Sofar Sounds and have also been jamming as part of gypsy-dance rockers King Tivoli. Rounding out the lineup will be West Philly folksters Silverton. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by William Lukas) - Bill McThrill

August 29, 2014
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August 29, 2014
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