The night’s co-headliner, Pittsburgh’s The Van Allen Belt, created disharmonious melodies, managing to manipulate clamor into opulent noise pop. Tamar Kamin’s voice spreads itself sensuously — and near flawlessly — over psychedelic overtures. Surreal lyricism escalated the songs’ furtiveness. Scott Taylor sat like a mad maestro, concocting searing and agonizing tones, while Ben Ferris layered strands of lush melodies.
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In the spirit of Washed Out, Beach House and the host of other modern acts contained in the dream pop aesthetic into which tides. comfortably slides, there’s a subtle undercurrent to their music, gentle at first, that draws you in closer. And like those acts, the trick lies in making the complex sound simple.
The Van Allen Belt of Pittsburgh drops by. The three piece has become rather well known for their brand of melting pop music. Last year they dropped the majestic sounding “Heaven On A Branch” and should make for an interesting live set.
4/2: Chicago, IL – Hideout
4/3: Kansas City, MO – miniBar (sponsored by KC Psychfest)
4/4: Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Texas Lonestar Stage)
4/5: Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
4/7: Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlies
4/8: San Antonio, TX – K23 Gallery
4/10: Montevallo, AL – Eclipse Coffee & Books
4/11: Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn
4/12: Nashville, TN – Betty’s