Bottom line: It’s a brilliant pairing. Period.
Composer and vocalist Tim Rutili, best known for his work with Califone and Red Red Meat (and don’t forget a stint with indie supergroup Ugly Casanova); and Craig Ross, guitarist for Lenny Kravitz whose extensive roster also includes working with Shearwater, Spoon, and Patty Griffin, among many others, first collaborated in 2013 on Califone’s Stitches. This creative relationship paved the way for the long-form dreamy drone and tension-riddled 2016 release Guitars Tuned To Air Conditioners. Superb.
This time, the duo’s crushes it further with 10 Seconds To Collapse, a sumptuously deranged pop/rock/psych/folk deconstruction filled with complex melodic experimentation – everything built up, wildly torn apart, then rearranged into a far departure from the familiar. Or, as Rutili himself put it, “…To (eff) something up that would have been more traditional made it more personal.” And more badass, frankly.
Prepare yourself for what may well be a rare performance, indeed. Don’t miss Rutili and Ross tonight at, of all places, the cozy space of Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River. Holy hell, that’s going to be awesome. And, as if that weren’t enough to take in, Knife In the Water, and Moist Flesh share the bill.
Doors at 8 p.m. This one comes very recommended.
-Artwork courtesy of Jealous Butcher Records.