The dressed and also naked guy up there is called Brandon Locher. He’s the one who so skillfully constructed conversations from prank phone calls (which we loved, more than once), and, as it so happens, he’s also a guy who makes actual music with instruments, harmonies, melodies, rhythms, things like that. I guess arguments can be made that those Conversations works were musical in their own unique and specific way, but I’ll be honest, I’m partial to what’s going on with his project The Meets here and the kinked circuitry that frames this live improv session Locher orchestrated. If there’s really “an electronically created bed of sound collage tapestry” beneath the mix, as he so describes on the SoundCloud source page, then that bed serves as a nice springboard for things like fluttering piano lines, honking saxophones, and bass-heavy beats to bounce on top of, like kindergartners refusing to pick up their damn rooms. Locher’s sly sense of humor and meticulous attention to detail (as represented in his visual art) are at the forefront of “Knocking on the Ground,” contributing to a thrilling and wholly fun preview of the greatness to come on a new LP from The Meets, which is due out later this year.
Stream “Knocking on the Ground” below, and be sure to visit Locher’s various links for a further peek into the world of a talented and versatile multimedia artist.
[Photo: Devon Dill]