Saturday, April 11, 2009
It's difficult to box Shalloboi in. Chicago locals Shalloboi employ, viola, violin, guitar, cello, drums, and breathy male and female vocals to create an engaged and open feel. The minimal density and movement of the music provides opportunity to listen to the rich tones of this unique instrumentation, which produces feelings of relaxation and expansion. Their fifth and latest album, "Down to Sleep," produced many of its sounds "with the use of large spaces serving as echo chambers (i.e. stairwells and large empty spaces in the congress theater)" (according to the website), and successfully employs a number of strikingly elegant string lines. Their latest in the works vinyl-only EP seeks to be the most minimal, most condensed approach the band has taken yet.
Recorded by: Mike Corsa
Shalloboi - Live on WNUR 04/11/09
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