Public Works Presents:
Houses (Live- Chicago)
+ Elephant & Castle
About Houses :
With the impending apocalypse just around the corner, it’s comforting to know that HOUSES have your inner peace in mind. With an intimacy and familiarity worthy of your best pillow talk, Houses reminds us that electronic music doesn’t always need to be fist-pumping, panty-dropping bangers full of manic energy and bits of broken disco balls. Melancholic wistfulness and daydream haziness are equally at home in the electronic world. Houses understand this perfectly. A mysterious Chicago-based group of electro-acoustic auteurs who make a delicate brand of dreamy, organic IDM (Intelligent Dance Music, in case you didn’t know, is not only a sub-genre but also gets an abbreviation). Their record All Night, appropriately recorded at a time of uprooted love, is one of those few danceable albums you can rightfully describe as tender. It loops like Dntel but it swoons like Mazzy Star, and it makes for a good listen. HOUSES have tapped into something, and it’s something to do with the indecipherable and mind-bending truth that the cycles of earth are constantly replenishing, and when left unblemished by human contact, are some of the most gorgeous things you could ever bear witness to.
“This Chicago-based project led by Dexter Tortoriello debuts with a gorgeous album of blissed-out ambient pop combining ethereal, mildly glitchy electronic textures, heavenly synths, occasional piano and other instrumentation, along with chill dance rhythms, soft, hazy vocals and dreamy melodies.” – Don Yates (KEXP)
Dan Casey AKA Yalls has been described by Altered Zones as “zonked-out beat-folk”, as “weirded-out pop gems” by Smoke Don’t Smoke, and is regarded as “one of the East Bay’s most prolific and unpredictable producers” by Mapzzz.