Boomkat Product Review:
Chicago’s post-rock and jazz dons look to new electronic horizons subtly urged by their home city’s deep house heartbeat.
Hingeing around a four-to-the-floor meter that may be anathema to lovers of their previous work, Sons Of’s hypnotic groove frees up indie rock and jazz legend Prekop (The Sea and Cake) and multi-instrumentalist studio supremo McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Gastr Del Sol ++) to explore and improvise around a more textural, sensual soundfield of possibilities deftly woven with the sort of intricacies one might be led to expect from their respective catalogues.
Shimmering into view with vaporous bleep haze and reedy synths on ‘A Ghist At Noon’, the 10 min cut soon finds its feet in a loping, offset sort of deep house ballast from which they float mind-drift melodic ephemera and more tangy synth dissonance hinting at their rock background. The Chi(house) is strongest in the jack of ‘Crossing at the Shallow’, coming off like Larry Heard’s cosmic brothers form another mother in its arcing, jazzy spumes, and likewise the album’s durational, 23 minute pinnacle ‘A Yellow Robe’ feels like Jamal Moss and Larry on a puckered electro-house slant, but distinguished by post-rock urges that split difference between that sound and posh trance. ‘Ascending By Night’ brings the set to a close with something like a Michael Mann romance theme, pulling he tempo down to a swing wider and lusher with tempered brassy fanfare.