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Last Thursday, in conjunction with New York’s week-long, city-wide CMJ Marathon, Baby’s All Right hosted a free day party showcase for Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. I saw Dinner, the recently signed Danish solo project of Anders Rhedin, who describes his own meditative vocals and Kraftwerk-inspired beatwork as:
“…a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard—last played at a party in Dusseldorf in 1984—full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances.”

Montreal-based Peter Sagar (who plays guitar live with Mac DeMarco) and his solo project HOMESHAKE took the stage next. The four-piece took to a woozy, bleary-eyed groove for most of the set. Their lulling, hypnagogic motions made up some of the funkiest, craggiest, most unhinged guitar music I’ve seen in recent history. Highlights included, but were in no way limited to, “She Can’t Leave Me Here Alone Tonight” and “Making a Fool of You.”

The Captured Tracks veteran, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Washington-State duo Widowspeak played an intimate, two-person set, debuting brand new material from their forthcoming record. I’d seen the band twice before as a four-piece, but stripped down to the bare essentials, Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas (each wielding a beat-up electric guitar) played tranquilized and beautiful antiphonal melodies. Hamilton forgot the chords once or twice and Thomas’ harmonica stopped working from excessive condensation, but it only seemed to complement the impromptu and priavte nature of the set. “We’ll probably never play these songs like this ever again,” Hamilton chuckles and bares her teeth, “Never say never, I guess.”

Angel E. Fraden

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