Cock & Swan

Saturday, December 27

Cock and Swan’s heavy electronics and keyboard/bass grooves reference Tortoise, Portishead and Brian Eno. Ranging from the core duo of Ola Hungerford and Johnny Goss, the band sometimes swells from two to five pieces, working in pedal steel, guitar and multiple percussionists. Cock and Swan’s songs are packed full of samples and loops, but retain a sense of direction often lost in electronic outfits. It’s a detail that means the difference between an interesting composition and electronic textures that get lost in the squishy world of “sound scapes.” But to really know Cock and Swan you also must know the music collective Dandelion Gold. While the term “collective” can mean just about anything, Dandelion Gold is a veritable cottage industry of like-minded musicians who actively release their own albums, play in each others’ bands and put on their own shows.

Sat., Dec. 27, 10:30 p.m., 2008

 
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