Living Body is the new project from Leeds-based Chicagoan Jeff T. Smith (formerly, Juffage) featuring longtime collaborators Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney) and Tom Evans (Vessels). Rising from the ashes of their acclaimed "Sonic Cauldron" concert at Left Bank Leeds in 2013, the group is now augmented by new and additional live members Alice Rowan (Mayshe-Mayshe) & Sarah Statham (Esper Scout). Expanding on the need for music to bring joy into the lives of others, and Smith's fascination with the contortion of the pop song into a uniquely imaginative and immediate form, Living body aims to exist in a world of skin and information overload in 2016.
Procedure Club is a collaborative "DIY-pop" project founded by Andrea and Polish emigré Adam Malec in New Haven, CT. The two began recording as a natural progression from their boredom with living in poverty, sharing musical tastes in underground, lo-fi pop of the 80s and 90s as well as an admiration for Baroque period classical composers. Long-time collaborator Tim Borkowski recently joined, along with Wes later on, lending further architectural support for Procedure Club's evermore plangent yet disquieting soundscape.
After their releases on Slumberland Records, beko disques (France), and 16 Tamborines (Japan), the band took a hiatus from recording and performing. Their latest effort, Pinky Swear, is a culmination of months and months of recording literally hundreds of lo-fi pieces of music, most of which were shelved, abandoned, unfinished, or lost.
With undercurrents of haunting airiness and mechanical instability, Procedure Club’s latest work is like a ghost driving the Beast Of Turin through a hailstorm. The song structures consist of heavily reverbed melodic vocals, stuttering mechanized drum beats, dirty bass, synths, and alternately washed-out and jangly guitars.
Parlay Droner is the solo ambient/noise/drone/beat/improvisational sound project of visual artist Michael Miglietta. Manifesting in 2008 through various noise experimentations, guerilla recordings, and collaborations with members of the avant garde outfit, florida=death, he began playing shows at his “underground venue” house, The New Hawaii, to critical acclaim from those who witnessed his few sets. Then he disappeared.
Reemerging several years later in 2013, Parlay Droner has been active in collaborations with his two-piece projects – the often dramatic and dreamy boom-bap experimental break beat duo, SPLNSHNTS, and the abrasive drum & electric acoustic psychedelic noise duo, The Rifles Repeating. As a solo artist, Parlay Droner’s live performances are streams of consciousness enmeshed with the cyclical hiss and warble of tape loops, creating entire conceptual dreamscapes of sound and washed out melodies.