Dawn of Midi / Celestial Shore
Listenable and insane: that’s the sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping, culminating in their most mesmerizing work yet, Dysnomia. In many ways, it’s the first record that truly reflects the trio’s critically acclaimed live show, a test of endurance and trust that involves bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani, and percussionist Qasim Naqvi performing their compositions note-for-note without ever appearing the least bit predictable. If anything, Dawn of Midi’s sets are as red-blooded and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ set, casting spells on crowds in the same way the group’s favorite experimental and electronic acts have for decades. As carefully cultivated as their aesthetic is, it’s also been known to incorporate, willfully and otherwise, such wildly divergent influences and interests as Aphex Twin, the Police, Can and Ms. Pac-Man. And when they really fall for a new record, it quickly raises the bar of what they want from their own music.
Celestial Shore's first full-length record, 10x, is out now via Hometapes and Brad Oberhofer's Local Singles Records. Mixed by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), 10x expands on the band's earlier EPs with more fully developed song structures, offering them room to employ their growing bag of tricks – the odd beats dropped here or there, muscly breakneck spazz-outs, and ecstatic wind-up reveries that immediately distinguish their sound and feel.