At the Fuse Arts Center
115 MLK Jr. Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Also featuring Four Hands, Magicicada, & Frank Hurrycane
Zack Kouns is from some small town in the US. He plays music with voice, tenor and alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, temple blocks, chinese opera gong, tape manipulation, violin, banjo. It’s weird shit, some dark neofolky gothic shit, some totally fucked up noise, some angular no-wavey shit, some Leadbellyesque blues and Woody Guthrie folk, some beautiful piano ballads, and plenty of free jazz all through it. He exists in a realm somewhere near Jandek, I suppose – completely outside of everything, and basically impossible to compare to everything.
Atlanta’s Easily Suede is Adam Babar, a musician by trade, perhaps a painter by art. His compositions are more like musical brush strokes meant to conjure moods and make feelings tangible. Easily Suede shows how the right combination of sounds can be so powerfully alluring. A song like “Stories” feels frenetic, nervous and scatological — and yet it’s also jazzy, controlled, and disarming with its soothing circular rhythms. A song like “She’s Savage” is dark, sexy and harmonious. The samples and snap-transitions are prettily and inventively arranged. Easily Suede is a painter with a number of brushes. The longest song on this eight-track split EP (with Blithe Field) is “Movie Night” — which begins with a slow and rising organ synth buzzing with deep solemnity. Warped noises join. A crackle enters, sounding halfway between record-player hiss and the muffled din of underwater movement. A light percussion. An electronic blip. A staccato rhythm. Snare sound. Easily Suede creates layers upon layers, none feeling cluttered or messily arranged. They’re intricate and nuanced. This was a fantastic listen. Highly recommended. Download the album at bandcamp. — David D. Robbins Jr.