Sound Check Lymbyc Prairie Cortex
posted by August 21 at 14:08 PMon
The limbic system wraps around the brain stem and lies beneath the cerebral cortex. It is a center for the formulation of emotion, learning, and for memory.
Lymbyc Systym is a two-piece band from Tempe, Arizona that played at Sunset Tavern last night. They are Jared and Michael Bell, and they play keys and drums. They split the stage and brain as left and right. The cortex is wrapped. Emotion is formulated.
To classify Lymbyc, itís post-rock or indie-rock. Itís instrumental. Some say folktronica. Their sounds derive from Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, and Four Tet. Their current release, Love Your Abuser, is out on LA based Mush Records. Theyíve toured with Album Leaf and recently got back from a swing through Japan.
Jaredís three-tiered stack of Rhodes and Korg keys are delayed and distorted, guitar-like at times. He soars his harmonies and patterns over to his brotherís half, where they are deciphered with sticks and brushes and rusty shaken bells. Melodies meet beats and converge. They fold over, tuck under, and sometimes batter like rams.
Michaelís Gretsch drum-kit is tight and booming. Over the hi-hat to his left he employs a Mac and a glockenspiel. Some of his drumming is a dervish, carving and thrashed. Then he drops into the soup stir jazz technique with brushes and calms.
The programming of Lymbycís beats and sounds exposes the electronics just right. Nothing too glitchy or forced. Telefon Tel Aviv would be proud. Organic, man. Subliminal. Michaelís playing and the Mac were seamless. He sits high on the throne and ranges with dynamics and division. He takes boomerang cutlery to the open plain and chops the circular prairie air home. Cuts it he does. Your cortex registers what it sees, but the sounds are the only thing that make sense.
For a couple of songs during Lymbyc Systymís set, the trumpet player from One AM Radio played with them, doubling the keyboard lines. The trumpet matched the notes and lined the distortion with a layer of brass scaffolding. It was unexpected and great.
Look for their faces and the cortex of their flying cutlery.