Ultimate Painting / Ryley Walker + Bill MacKay / Fauvely
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
ULTIMATE PAINTING, the duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, is back for the first time since releasing their new album, Dusk, out last September via Trouble In Mind. Recorded to tape by James in his East London flat and home studio, Dusk is the third album from the London-based duo, a ten song set that expands the group’s sound from their self-titled debut and their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Green Lanes. Today, the band shares the first single, “Bills,” a track which dives head-first into a crystalline pool of jangle.
ULTIMATE PAINTING is lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands MAZES and VERONICA FALLS. The pair’s distinctive songwriting styles began to blur with Green Lanes, but on Dusk it’s hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins. Their tunes weave in and out of each other like the duo’s respective six-strings, spiraling around each other in a laconic dance.
Chicago-based guitarists BILL MCKAY and RYLEY WALKER met in January 2014 at a friend’s birthday party. In 2015, the duo took up a month long residency at The Whistler and quickly developed their own musical vocabulary and the resulting sounds drew on traditional folk music from Appalachia to Northern India, as well as jazz and blues. Over the course of the year, an impressive repertoire of new songs and ideas coalesced. Alex Inglizian of Experimental Sound Studios recorded the final two shows of the residency and Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, Wild Belle) mixed the seven tracks that comprise the duo's debut record, 2015's Land of Plenty. Expect more from the duo in the months to come...
FAUVELY is the project of Chicago-based singer-songwriter Sophie Leigh, who melds folk with dream pop and a touch of shoegaze in music that feels deeply personal. The title of her debut EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This, speaks to the confessional tone of songs that range from delicately self-effacing to hauntingly sad.