Capping off a weekend of electronic music, I ventured out to the amazing new Bushwick venue The Wick on Saturday night, where Bedroom Community co-founder Ben Frost headlined an evening of music that ranged from dark metal to droning noise, with a bit of shimmering beauty in between. The event was the first installment of the new Tinnitus Music Series, presented by Pitchfork's metal arm Show No Mercy and preexisting metal series Blackened Music, focusing on "composers of extreme sound."
Oneirogen (a.k.a. Maria Diaz de Léon) opened things up in the raw, cavernous mainspace with a sonic assault that combined heavy guitars with synths and industrial noise. Julianna Barwick offered a brief yet lasting respite with her beautiful voice soaring over piano and delicate electronics. But, it was Frost who brought the house down with an overpowering mix of noise and drone, flanked by drummers Greg Fox (Guardian Alien; Liturgy) and Shahzad Ismaily (last seen backing Nels Cline, Marc Ribot and Bill Frisell). An amazing an intense experience, and a reassuring reminder that the grime hasn't been wiped clean from this town just yet. Til next time.
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