Health & Beauty, Circuit des Yeux, Ahleuchatistas, Mines | Experimental Sound Studio | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Health & Beauty, Circuit des Yeux, Ahleuchatistas, Mines 

When: Sat., Aug. 16, 3 p.m. 2014
Price: $10, $8 for students and members
Ahleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin demonstrates radically different playing on two new recordings—the self-released solo acoustic album Odei and the self-titled New Atlantis debut from Blind Thorns, an aggressively electric trio with drummer Ryan Oslance and Swiss vocalist Antoine Läng. Both efforts illustrate directions Perlowin has been taking his main band—lately a duo with Oslance. Ahleuchatistas once played hyperactive, instrumental math-rock, but they’re now by turns more gentle, melodic, thoughtful, and broad. Perlowin makes his virtuosity obvious on Odei, contorting flamenco- and Arabic-flavored lines as well as American Primitive-style fingerpicking with a kind of post-Derek Bailey improvisational sensibility; fluid melodies crash into dissonant tangles of overtones (and vice versa). The Blind Thorns album sounds more like recent Ahleuchatistas material, except that it has Läng’s outsize vocal abstractions to push it from one extreme to the next. On “Engulfing the Epigone” he swings from falsetto whinnies to crazy-town howls in a single breath, while Perlowin and Oslance whip up an almost shapeless chaos on the brink of collapse; on the brief “Orbital” he makes like a death-metal ogre while blurringly fast riffage pumps over relentless blastbeats. This concert will feature Blind Thorns songs, sans Läng, plus stuff that’ll probably end up on the next Ahleuchatistas album. —Peter Margasak

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