Lemonade

Rated R Valentine's Day with...

Lemonade

Empress Of, ILLLS, Heathered Pearls (Ghostly), Evan Michael

Thu, February 14, 2013

8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Lemonade (DJ)
Lemonade (DJ)
Formed in San Francisco, Lemonade initially crafted visceral, psychedelic, and vaguely tropical rave journeys that touched upon dozens of the group's influences (Liquid Liquid, Sons of a Loop Da Loop Era, Digital Mystikz) without sounding particularly like any of them. Early shows offered otherworldy, mind-bending experiences that drew a loyal MDMA-crazed local following. The phenomenon only intensified after the release of the band's self-titled debut LP in 2008 and subsequent move to New York.

That mostly improvised, ecstatic collection of "agile, hedonistic pop music" (as called by Radio 1′s Mary Anne Hobbes) earned praise from the indie and dance communities alike. Pitchfork wrote, "it vividly replicates that first sensation of losing yourself in a peak-hour, strobe-lit reverie, where the communal act of dancing teeters between liberation and disorientation."

2010 saw the band's second release, Pure Moods, an effort by Lemonade to steer their schizophrenic palate through pop waters. Combining warped old-school rave, R&B, grime, a variety of global rhythms, and other styles too numerous to list, the record was an important stepping stone for a group that was only beginning to discover the emotional potency of out-and-out pop songwriting.

Now, more than two years later, that transformation is complete, as Diver documents Lemonade operating as a focused unit, one that's more interested in speaking to your heart than blowing your mind. Traces of the group's disparate musical interests still populate the record, but make no mistake, Diver is a bold and sensual electronic pop record.

Diver swims ecstatically in every thing from the melodies of early 90′s R&B, UK 2-step Garage, Balearic house and NY freestyle to '80s pop-rock nostalgia, wispy new age, boy-band innocence, and synth-driven Euro-trance. The production, assisted by Fisherspooner collaborator Le Chev, is exceptionally crisp. Diver also contains some of most easily digestible music Lemonade has ever produced, yet it is anything but shallow. Callan's lyrics now look inward, to his attempts to hold on to redemptive love and romance in a cybernetic, information-rich world.

"The three San Franciscans-cum-Brooklynites in the band Lemonade ... process the best bits [of dance-music subgenres, hot world music, and the post-punk revival] into something practical and satisfying. ... With their muscular, aggressive approach to dance music, Lemonade operate from a similar base as other percussive post-punk new-schoolers, from party-starting outfits like !!! and Professor Murder to more abrasive acts like Aa and Liars. But the trio strike a singular balance between weird and wired: eight-minute centerpiece "Nasifon" finds Clendenin's voice sliding further into indecipherability-- imagine Metal Box-era John Lydon bellowing out Sigur Rós' Hopelandic lyric sheet-- but layers it with Arabic-accented melodies, machine-gunned synths and a pounding 4/4 beat that would go over both in Williamsburg warehouse parties and Dubai super clubs." --Pitchfork
Empress Of
Empress Of
Songs and Sounds by Lorely Rodriguez.
ILLLS
ILLLS
What I like about Internet is that it can take away the anonymity in a matter of months, days or even hours. You have to be good at what you do, of course, or to grace a video on youtube. Fortunately ILLLS meets the first requirement. They are a group originally from Oxford, Mississippi, who in their first show ever opened for the band Youth Lagoon (I will say that it may not be a big deal, but here we love YL), which immediately made me hear both available songs they have on their bandcamp, while recognizing the great honor he fully deserved.

His defiant and arrogant pop rock in the song "Teeth," the most nominated so far, do you want to know more about who is behind this proposal. Not lying when I say that there are some comments that claim to have been in his first show, as well as to predict a total stardom for them. And like any good band that makes an impression, they are rumors that the members can be part of other local groups like Slow Talk and Young Buffalo. Nothing concrete reality. But come on, you have to be blind not to know that soon we will have much information.

Their debut EP will be available soon through its bandcamp meantime I recommend you go to download their song "Teeth" and listen "Streetcars," which is more mellow but equally impressive.
Heathered Pearls (Ghostly)
Heathered Pearls (Ghostly)
"Unlike some ambient music, Loyal, Polish-born Jakub Alexander's release under the Heathered Pearls moniker, embraces the idea of melody with understated but distinct sounds emerging from the loops Alexander uses to construct his tracks. Pitchfork says lead single, "Beach Shelter," "feeds off the same kind of unsettling ambience as Tim Hecker'sRavedeath, 1972, where the sense of a malevolent force lurking just beneath the surface is prevalent throughout. It's filled with coarse, sandpaper-y textures, all pulling together to create a sense of quiet abrasion.""
Evan Michael
Evan Michael
During a nomadic childhood, Evan Michael experienced an array of music scenes across the nation that inspired his earliest music efforts. A summer abroad in Madrid, however, served as a catalyst for Evan's foray into club culture and electronic music.

After joining Boston's DJ circuit, Evan went on to settle in Brooklyn, where a rich and diverse underground community helped fuel his passion for creating original productions. As a promoter, nightlife curator of Cameo (one of the borough's beloved nightclubs) and editor of Brooklyn Bass, Evan is adept not only at understanding the music industry but also at constructing a proper dance floor gathering, as evidenced in his own sets and original productions.

Inspired by the sounds of retro disco, classic house and funk labels like Tabu, Dance Mania and Prelude, Evan is continuously driven to incorporate small elements of the past and molding them into new and interesting ways in his own work.
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.cameony.com