Last Saturday night, HOLOGRAM celebrated the release of its debut issue with several art instillations and live music by four up-and-coming bands. HOLOGRAM is a literary and visual arts zine that is concerned with “the ways in which technology, screens, and media both filter and mold human relationships.” In less direct ways, perhaps, the music performed also worked to explore this curious tension.
Shakai Mondai was the only solo set of the night, but her sparse, beat-driven songs were no less intriguing. Her weapon of choice varied from synthesizers to drum pads to an electric guitar, displaying a wide range of textures and sounds. The tracks she shared were sprightly and strangely meditative, not unlike the surreal sonic imaginings of Jerry Paper. The two party-closing sets were comprised of four-piece ensembles that significantly amped up the venue’s energy. Freind were a rampant force of dueling drum and bass against distorted electronics, while GREAT TIME settled on a exhilarating vein of experimental neo-soul.
Find the zine in print in NYC at Printed Matter, Molasses Books, Human Relations Bookstoore and Blue Stockings Bookstore. To order a copy online, email email@example.com.