It was instant love for your humble Austin Music Minute hostess after the first listen to Abram Shook‘s Sun Marquee. Couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was exactly that shimmered and made it so alluring, except for its…extraordinariness. Wait. Is that a thing? It very well may be; the quirky beauty and unusual lyrical charms of Sun Marquee are difficult to categorize, and it’s all the better for it.
Shook’s second full-length release takes it to another level. Landscape Dream, with all its electronic and psychedelic artistry, and deliciously peculiar flow, was not intentionally made as an electronic/psyched-out work. It was created with two very basic building blocks, simply vocals and guitar. Later, Shook added a myriad of recording techniques he’d experimented with while making Sun Marquee, weaving together unusual sound textures that really give the album such a unique, dreamlike quality.
Here’s a must-see show for you: Abram Shook joins composer, songwriter and vocalist Jesse Beaman – a.k.a., My Empty Phantom, on a perfect bill opening for The Sea and Cake‘s singer/guitarist Sam Prekop tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St. Doors open at 8 p.m. So very recommended.
– Photography by Courtney Chavanell.