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Ryan Michael White

Sarah Neufeld’s the Ridge, Eartheater Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard All Ages

When: Wed., April 6, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $15-$25
As Eartheater, Alexandra Drewchin bends experimental and folk music toward pop’s fringes. On last year’s Metalepsis and RIP Chrysalis, both of which came out on excellent Chicago label Hausu Mountain, Drewchin’s unearthly vocals rocket her material toward a low orbit as she weaves featherweight sheets of burbling electronics to nimble acoustic instrumentation (plucked guitars, pitter-patter percussion, etc). You often have to strain to pick up the finer details, but that’s not a hard-and-fast rule—“Youniverse” is stoked with a gnarly guitar melody that sounds seconds away from exploding—and whatever volume Drewchin selects usually helps her work stick at an unexpected angle, like a wad of gum clinging to the sole of your shoe. On “Mask Therapy” she takes a sparse melody populated by low-humming guitars, muted dance beats, and what sounds like field recordings of a bat and elevates it with an overdubbed chorus of sirenlike warbles—the song radiates even as its quiet pulse echoes to a close.
— Leor Galil
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