Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

Empress Of, Ludwig Persik

Sat, April 13, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$20

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Jamie Lidell
Jamie Lidell
Jamie Lidell hasn't stopped moving.

He's like a shark. Albeit a stone cold funked-up, sonically obsessed, romantically soulful killer shark. And he isn't going to stop. No, he won't stop. Please don't ask him to. Just get out of the way, enjoy the spectacle and the soundtrack.

Jamie's a genuinely restless soul. He broke out of small-town England and has been a nomad ever since. His constant desire to progress—leaping and stumbling towards new discoveries—has defined his musical journey so far; and there's no sign of it fading away.

Dig into the discography and you'll find underground techno, two albums of Super_Collider's fondly recalled science-funk (with Cristian Vogel), and his magnificently wigged-out solo debut Muddlin Gear. Then, in 2005, came Multiply, a surprisingly hook-stuffed, meticulously produced platter of deliciously uplifting soul and funk that won international adulation. Meanwhile, Jamie's one-man shows were, quite literally, something else. Live, he pushed himself and his technology against the limits of chaos and control.

By 2008, Jamie had become Jim—building on the foundations of Multiply to construct a warm, invitingly plush bordello of funk, disco, grooves and gospel; with secret chambers of poignant soul. The accompanying tour saw him evolve from peerless sonic manipulator into a dandy showman leading a blazingly talented four-piece across the world's clubs, stadia and TV studios. Yet, that sense of exploration that he craves was never far away.

Now it's 2010, and Jim has left the building. So Jamie returns with a new map for these territories. Undoubtedly, Compass is his most eclectic album yet. Songs shift, chop, change and mutate genres and forms before our very ears. It's got funk in spades; the jaw-dropping power of the vocals is stronger than ever; it rocks, it pops, it's sweet, angry, hard, soulful and soft, often within the span of a single track. It's the restless album that finally matches the soul of its creator.

"I wrote every song in a month," Jamie says, "It's been an emotional couple of years, so I tapped into what I wanted to say and started writing. There was a lot to draw on." Recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, Jamie's fellow travelers on Compass include Beck, Feist, Gonzales, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Pat Sansone of Wilco. Musically and lyrically this is very much A Jamie Lidell Production—reflecting not only his exhilarating, diverse tastes, but also a year of change, love, longing and arrival at a new place. When he takes to the road in 2010, he'll be bringing a band again, but stripping it back; keeping it lean. For both newcomers and initiates, this will be an experience. And no, he won't stop.

Undoubtedly, Compass is his most eclectic album yet. Songs shift, chop, change and mutate genres and forms before our very ears. It's got funk in spades; the jaw-dropping power of the vocals is stronger than ever; it rocks, it pops, it's sweet, angry, hard, soulful and soft, often within the span of a single track. It's the restless album that finally matches the soul of its creator. Jamie's fellow travelers on Compass include Beck, Feist, Gonzales, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Pat Sansone of Wilco. Musically and lyrically this is very much A Jamie Lidell Production—reflecting not only his exhilarating, diverse tastes, but also a year of change, love, longing and arrival at a new place. When he takes to the road in 2010, he'll be bringing a band again, but stripping it back; keeping it lean. For both newcomers and initiates, this will be an experience. And no, he won't stop.
Empress Of
Empress Of
Lorely Rodriguez, the singular mind behind Empress Of, is a 23-year-old songwriter and producer living Brooklyn, NY. In the early part of 2012, she began a personal songwriting exercise, writing and recording a daily series of one-minute ideas. Completing each of these snippets in several hours apiece, she eventually amassed a catalog of about fifty. Selections from this series were eventually uploaded to YouTube anonymously, each paired with a blank color swatch. The fruits of this project, deemed a series of “colorminutes”, were released on cassette via the Japanese record label, Big Love, and effectively served as the launch of Empress Of.

A debut seven-inch single featuring two more fully-formed recordings, “Don’t Tell Me”, the hyper-emotional and affecting ballad, and “Champagne”, a far more frantic but no less beautiful song, was released later that year by No Recordings. The following spring, she continued forward with an EP released via Terrible Records. The four-song EP features two songs in English, and two in Lorely’s native tongue, Spanish. An immediately apparently common thread with the songs on this EP is the skillful straddling of highly complex and almost bizarre choices Lorely makes with her songwriting, arrangement, and melodies, while retaining an undeniable penchant for pure pop sensibilities and accessibility. This makes for a thrilling and distinctive end product; an amalgamation of fragmented influences spanning the traditional Honduran music she grew up with and some of her more modern inspirations: Liz Fraser, Antennae, and Broadcast.

In the latter half of 2013, following domestic and international touring stints, her most ambitious recording to date, “Realize You” was self-released online to critical acclaim. Illustrating great progress in production and an even more broad swath of songwriting chops, incorporating witty lyricism and soaring melodies, this is just a hint of what remains in store for the future. Throughout 2014, Lorely has been hard at work on her debut album, which will be released in early 2015 by XL Recordings and Terrible Records.
Ludwig Persik
Ludwig Persik
"Ludwig Persik grew up on the LES surrounded by the CBGB punk scene, and judging by his effortlessly stylish sound—part swirly psych-folk, part brooding dance pop—he was listening closely." - Time Out

In July 2012, his debut EP produced by Jamie Lidell was made available for free on his website.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/