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Experience the Experimental: Sorry, Eric, Brianna Kelly, and String Machine at the Listing Loon

String Machine

The really great thing about music is that it can sound like anything. On May 19th, at the Listing Loon, Sorry, Eric, Brianna Kelly and String Machine will perform a night of their unique takes on sound. From ambient, spoken word to experimental neo-folk, the night is sure to surprise you and keep you hooked.

Sorry, Eric will be opening the show at Listing Loon. Sorry, Eric is a local experimental, spoken word style project. The band features La Dispute style stream of consciousness, observational spoken word like lyrics with absolutely none of the angst La Dispute gives. Their lyrics are delivered in a flat, conversational way and the songs are mixed in a way that the lyrics are almost just another instrument. The project is ambient, dissonant at times and most definitely interesting.

Local artist Brianna Kelly will also be adding her own vision to the night. Kelly’s sound is distinctive and beautiful. With slow building guitars, ambient vocals and echoey white noise creeping in the background, Kelly’s songs give off a feeling of submerging yourself in water. Kelly’s latest release is a split with Sympathy Pain that creates a slow and steady feeling similar to Beach House or Explosions in the Sky. The split is available to listen and purchase on Brianna's bandcamp and will be released for physical copies as 100 limited edition cassette tapes on at their release party on May 12th.

Headlining the evening is String Machine, a neo-folk experiment from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, David Beck. With his 6 band members backing him, String Machine creates a haunting, echoing folk sound reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens at his most stripped down. Beck’s lilting vocals and penchant for that fingerpicking sound paint a decidedly lo-fi folk picture, but String Machine can’t be categorized so easily. From their most recent release, Threads from the Youth Fossil, tracks like “Garden” give a pastiche of electronic beats and chaotic vocals while the “Happy Pt. II” is an ambient, dream-pop venture. With String Machine headlining the night, you’re sure to get in your feels.

All three of these artists are pushing boundaries with their sound and bending genre to their will. Be sure to get to the Listing Loon on May 19th for a night of experimental music you won’t soon forget.



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