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Cindi Jean

Sioum, Wings Denied, Fin'Amor, Hercyn Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $12, $10 in advance
Composed of the Zdrinc brothers, Arthur and Dorian, with keyboardist Kevin Clark, Chicago instrumental outfit Sioum have a dual-mission website: in addition to being a recording and touring band, they offer services as composers for film and game music. Almost six years passed between their 2010 debut, I Am Mortal, but Was Fiend, and the brand-new Yet Further, but last year they also released the soundtrack for the PC role-playing game Towers of Ajura. The repetitive yet cinematic feel of game music also seems to influence Yet Further. The record features prog, art-rock, and postrock blends and swatches, with metallic highlights and some Lovecraftian colors out of space in its complex, smeared sound palette. Four of the seven tracks run more than ten minutes, while the 16-minute-plus title piece combines laid-back but deeply unsettling rhythms with evocative guitar and keyboard effects. This is a settle-in-for-the-journey record that will reward repeated listenings—and stubbornly prevent any temptation to background it.
— Monica Kendrick



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