|MH-053 A Lull - Weapons For War
"Weapons For War" the lead single from A Lull's debut full-length Confetti, harnesses a force of nature driven with the percussive and melodic energy of Chicago and channels it into a four-and-a-half minute wind storm. The original is complimented by three virtuoso remixes. First up is Portland's Spirituals, whose recent remix for Caribou Pitchfork called "dizzying" and who's work here is no less impressive. Fellow Chicago resident Houses masters that difficult line between the human and the machine, wrapping up a frenetic remix with a three-plus minute long ambient outro. Finally, Mush's own Melting Season fits right in, as a drummer by trade turned one-man multi-armed production mastermind. If you've not already seen it (you should hunt it down right now), the music video for "Weapons For War" directed by Anthony Ciannamea, is the glue that unifies the single's thesis: a haunting encounter between two accidents of evolution that ends in either a fragile truce or the most romantic suicide pact ever, all to the sacrilegiously sensual hymn of A Lull's composition.
|A Lull creates a vast sound far more massive than the sum of its parts - XLR8R / Pounding, layered percussion and warm vocalizing - Pitchfork / Massive and booming - Chicago Verse United / A Lull sound like Chicago - Stereogum / Accessible and captivating - Adequacy / Post-rock-style ambience - Alarm Press / Seriously. Check it out - I Guess I'm Floating
|A Lull have been releasing dribs and drabs of material since 2009. Ice Cream Bones was released as an EP last May, and ever since, the sextet have been touring their butts off in order to hype up the release of their LP, Confetti. It is sure to drop some time later in the year. In the meantime, we have a video for the single, "Weapons For War," which we are told will debut on the upcoming LP.
Experimental music seems to be in high demand from almost everyone these days. Music lovers all over the world are finding themselves tired of verse/chorus/verse/chorus-laden tunes throughout their purchases, and as more people are getting involved in the live aspect of music, you can't blame them for wanting something special, can you? A Lull are a six-piece group who are becoming one of the hottest live acts in Chicago. Their frantic live sets are full of depth, pace and character. Any stage filled by six members, all pounding drums at the same time, is sure to turn some heads.
"Weapons For War" is a great starting point for any experimental lover needing a new flavor to try. Huge walls of percussion seem to fill every gap in the tune, leaving just enough space for some collective vocals and sparse melodic instrumentation. Think Animal Collective, Sigur Ros and The Knife skipping down the street together with a marching band, hanging onto their coattails. Very cool stuff. - In Your Speakers