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Haxan Cloak

Haxan Cloak

When: Wed., May 14, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $13 in advance
Most records sound better through a pair of headphones with above-average bass response, but the Haxan Cloak’s 2013 LP Excavation demands such treatment—if you’re not getting deep enough sub-bass, you literally won’t hear half the album. Bobby Krlic, the project’s sole member, is the kind of composer who can say a lot with only a few parts, and one of his favored techniques is to use inner-ear-rattling frequencies toward the bottom end of the range audible to humans as a matrix to hold together the rest of the instruments—kind of like the sonic equivalent of dark matter. Excavation is a grim record with a spooky spectral aura, and Krlic isn’t afraid to challenge his audience with dissonance and drones; the Haxan Cloak shares some DNA with contemporary classical and the coolly intellectual subset of the experimental-music scene. But he also sneaks in almost subliminal hooks, which make the challenge pleasurable enough for a casual listener, and his bass worship and refined tones have earned him a cult following in the dance-music world. —Miles Raymer

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