Taking a break from preparations for the release of a new You're Jovian studio album, Elliot Malvas performed last night at Charlies under his solo moniker -- Obscure Son as the opening for headliner, Thalia Zedek. Malvas has been building this solo persona over the course of the last year, experimenting with loop pedals and tracked beats to enhance what he refers to as a "mumblecore" approach to his unique brand of shoegaze mixed with noise rock.
Zedek is perhaps best known out of her two decade career for holding down the moodier elements of the pop-alt band, Dangerous Birds. She's since taken a wide arc from the savage frenetics of Live Skull to the more quiet and introspective quality of her current work. The songwriting here is par excellence, with Zedek's growl working nicely with a guitar tone that somehow simultaneously suggests barely restrained fury rooted alongside a deep melancholy. She's touring with fellow Come band mate, Chris Brokaw -- who contributed a set of his own songs while at other times providing accompaniment.
Low Red Moon, nominally based in RVA with members calling DC and Baltimore home, played an instrumental set liberally peppered with shoegaze elements.
Cambridge, MA. Experimental-Pop/Folk.
Low Red Moon
Richmond. Instrumental Shoegaze.