Blue Sky Black Death, Sister Crayon | Bottom Lounge | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Blue Sky Black Death, Sister Crayon 

When: Fri., Oct. 11, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
The past couple years have seen the dramatic rise of a sound called “cloud rap,” which combines hip-hop’s focus on rhythm with the kind of ambient synth textures that you find more often in New Age music. On paper it looks like somebody’s been playing musical Mad Libs, but in practice the sound makes a shocking amount of sense, especially when combined with Xanax and dispensary-quality weed. Cloud rap is still finding its footing in the mainstream (the success of the cloud-friendly A$AP Rocky has helped), but it’s already attracted an impressively large underground community. Among the acts most likely to make it aboveground is Seattle production duo Blue Sky Black Death, whose new debut album, the instrumental Glaciers (Fake Four), is a kaleidoscopic jumble of influences drawn from every imaginable subgenre that emphasizes slow-motion meltiness, including chopped-and-screwed Houston rap, ambient techno, shoegaze, darkwave, and the much-maligned but unexpectedly influential witch-house scene. BSBD can also operate in a harder, more focused mode, as they do on their menacing remix of Isaiah Toothtaker and Gunplay’s “Frownin’”—even without its video about a weird fetus cult, it sounds like something from a horror-movie score. —Miles Raymer Sister Crayon opens.


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