Monday, June 30, 2014

Ill Poacher headlines the Mammal Gallery tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

click to enlarge MIKE NETLAND
  • Mike Netland

Have you ever been in an airboat in a particularly murky portion of the Everglades at midnight while the moonlight illuminates the swamp but not enough to reveal how close the alligators might be? No? Okay, well have you ever been out in Savannah much later than any person should reasonably be awake and watched the spanish moss sway in the early morning breeze in a way that's simultaneously unsettling and peaceful? Yes? Good, then you might have an idea of what Ill Poacher sounds like.

The foggy "dark dance" duo takes over the Mammal Gallery tonight (June 30) for an equally hazy showcase of local talent. Ill Poachers explores territory in Atlanta's experimental electronic scene that other acts have scarcely dared to traverse. Its music relies on whispy, expansive textures that rise like puffs of smoke escaping from the afterglow of a midnight bonfire.

Local guitar-based trio Narrator act like the electric counterpoint to Ill Poacher's computerized haze. Narrator drops the latter's plodding beats to focus solely on ambiance, soaring vocal layers, and whispered campfire melodies. Its latest Mission Trips LP is "inches away" from completion and judging by its latest track, the album could be a fierce contender for 2014's best ATL releases.

The lineup is rounded out by Shampoo, an act so new on the scene that their music has yet to grace the Internet. But I've deduced from their Facebook that their music embraces "megapop synth pop ring pop" and its available for weddings. The Widest Smiling Faces open up the smoky showcase with a style of guitar-heavy neo-psychedlia popularized by acts like Real Estate and Mac DeMarco.

If the music starts to lull you too far into a hypnogogic trance, take a break upstairs to look at the Mammal Gallery's latest art installation, entitled Resolving Space.

$5. 8 pm. 91 Broad St. www.mammalgallery.com.

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