Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gonjasufi got weird at 529

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Gonjasufi at 529
Gonjasufi turned 529 into bizarro land for just about an hour Tuesday night, unloading a blast of damaged hip-hop and noisy improv, all slurred together under the natural distortions of turntables, MPCs, a keyboard et al., pushed recklessly into the red. Flanked by Tenshun and Psychpop of Skrapez, the Chula Vista, Cali rapper/bellower brought a grittier energy to the stage than what's typically on display throughout his recordings, which are already pretty rough around the edges (in a good way). But something wasn’t quite right at 529, at least in his eyes. It's difficult to say if he was suffering through some imperceptible technical difficulties, a crippling sense of self-consciousness, too much weed, or maybe it was a combination of all of the above. Regardless, he had a habit of building seriously pleasing and chaotic moments of sound that stirred up thick and cerebral atmospheres, but repeatedly cut his songs short, muttering to himself, “... every single time.”

In the end, he almost played a whole bunch of songs that people wanted to hear, and despite his anxieties, it was a beautiful mess of a show that revealed some unexpected depths of the man’s strengths and his frailties.

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