May we invite Jonathan D. Haskell inside your head?
It'll only take a few minutes, really. There. Now relax.
Haskell makes ambient music under the name Seven Saturdays, the kind of stuff that belongs in movies that haven't been made yet, or maybe even imagined. His orchestrated tomes are are part of an internal dialogue he seems to be having with his native Los Angeles; Seven Saturdays' new album “The Snowflakes That Hit Us Became Our Stars” (out this week) is that which we overhear.
The conversation is informed by genteel keyboards, weeping strings, droning guitars and touches of vibes and samples, the latter arranged as almost a call and response to his music's oozing melodies. Headphones on.
Haskell's collaborators on the project, recorded in downtown L.A., included Daniel Farris (St. Vincent), Lester Nuby (Verbena), Morgan Kibby (M83), Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins), Wesley Precourt (Dave Stewart, Jenny Lewis) and Eric Heywood (The Pretenders).
Elsewhere: India.Arie, Alex Acuña, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter and others celebrate Herbie Hancock at the Hollywood Bowl. … Princeton, the Bonedaddys and the Reflectacles play a free show (7 p.m.) at the West L.A. Bandshell (11338 Santa Monica Blvd.). … And Busdriver holds forth at Low End Theory at the Airliner.
Also: Ty Segall and the Franks at Spaceland; Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses at the Grammy Museum; Jamie Drake at the Hotel Cafe; Alex Lambert and Dance Recital at the Roxy; Exploding Flowers and Residual Echoes at the Silverlake Lounge; Pete Molinari and Miranda Lee Richards at the Redwood Bar; and Men at the Glass House.