Narcotic-hypnotic music for somnambulists: with Pure X and Sleep ∞ Over, the concert series »Kometenmelodien« showcases two of the most interesting representatives of contemporary and timeless american pop music.
[audio:xxx-xxx.mp3]Both rank first in terms of ambiguity in musical expression such as the use of echo, reverb, distortion and opaque vocals.
Austin, Texas trio Pure X play languid, dreamy, noise pop that floats on a raft of thick, distorted guitar sounds, carried along by a current of simple but determined rhythms.
Aligning themselves with the like-minded bands on Austin’s Light Lodge Records label, Pure X began releasing a steady stream of 7″ and cassette releases; their favored recording technique was to cut everything live to tape, with no overdubs and minimal editing. After receiving encouraging reviews for their initial releases and live shows, Pure X came to the attention of Acephale Records, who released the band’s first full-length album, Pleasure, in the summer of 2011.
Pure X | Easy
Sleep ∞ Over was formed in early 2010 in Austin TX. With a few rough demos recorded live on a handheld tape recorder, the band (consisting at the time of Stefanie Franciotti and former members Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown) quickly attracted the attention of the esteemed Night People label who released the first Sleep ∞ Over EP on cassette. Although the tape came during a flood of hazy lo-fi releases, Sleep ∞ Over’s melodically-driven aesthetic rose to the top of the saturated genre.
Distant and dreamy, Sleep ∞ Over’s music often sounds like a chopped-and-screwed homage to the Cocteau Twins.
Kometenmelodien #7: Pure X & Sleep∞Over LIVE
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 | 21:00 CET
Kantine am Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain