A Sunny Day in Glasgow's perplexing pop aesthetic gives them a yearning to pump out dreamy teenbeat chock-full of nagging hooks, which plague the brain and keep the toes a-tapping. The Philly-based ASDG like their tunes with angles out of true, smearing blobs of pop's rich past in a thousand nonlinear images and sounds, and have even drawn inspiration from modernist composers such as Arvo Pärt and Alvin Lucier. While highly conceptualized stuff can come off tedious in the wrong hands, ASDG is anything but; there's sheer glee in everything they do, as best grokked on their recent Sea When Absent (Lefse), a genre-free yet way inviting blast of post-post-pop meltdownery where the band refractures disparately obscure sounds. As Chic would say: Don't be a drag, participate!
Wed., July 16, 8 p.m., 2014
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