One of my favorite albums of 2011 was A.A. Bondy’s Believers.
Bondy's release moves languidly through an open ocean of sound. It's a haunting record that holds tone like no other. From the outset, a feeling is established; whether a song is driving and hypnotic or slow and entrancing, it has the heavy weight of mood anchoring the movement. With titles like “Down in the Fire (Lost Sea)”, the sentiment of drifting is firmly in place. Eno-eque ambience is kept interesting by the beautifully stark lyrical imagery, “Behind the red door, in American skin, there is a murder of roses," he sings on “Surfer King."
On this latest album, Bondy has made one of those rare records that require a listen from start to finish, as if it were one long and lush song. On Tuesday, we’re fortunate enough to have A.A. Bondy at the Casbah.
Farmer Dave Scher of Beachwood Sparks will be opening the show. He sighs slow psychedelic country with a soft and fragile voice. In addition to his involvement with Beachwood Sparks, Scher has worked as a producer and touring/session musician with Animal Collective, Elvis Costello, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Will Oldham and several others.
Tickets are $15.