Monday, June 10, 2013

12 O'Clock Track: Peals' instrumental guitar haze on "Blue Elvis"

Posted By on 06.10.13 at 12:00 PM

Baltimore unite. Featuring Bruce Willen of the now-defunct postpunk rabble rousers Double Dagger and William Cashion of the dreamy, synth-happy indie outfit Future Islands, Peals is an instrumental dueling guitar duo—but don't misinterpret "dueling" to mean one flaming solo battling another. The pair works in dreamy, echo-drenched guitar lines that create a comfy pillow of sound. Today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Blue Elvis," has a faint machinelike rhythm that provides the backbone for a tropical guitar lead that's as forlorn-sounding as it is peaceful.

The band recently dropped Walking Field, its debut album on Thrill Jockey—the label that repped and reps each of the members' other bands—and will be playing at Galerie F (2381 N. Milwaukee) this Wednesday (6/12) with Doug McCombs and Small Sur. Doors are at 7 PM and the music will be preceded by a screening of the Double Dagger documentary, If We Shout Loud Enough.

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