If all the musical acts had joined forces at Big Car's music showcase Tuesday
night, listeners would have witnessed a new breed of ambient drone jazz. If
Truly though, the folks at Big Car brought an intriguing blend of musicians to their show Tuesday night, headlined by Eluvium. Although the majority of the performer's were ambient-influenced, the crowd was dominantly younger. (Showing that not all young music fans stray from their inner ambient.)
The opening act layered eerie, droning keyboards with sporadic percussion. The duo, led by IUPUI professor Jordan Munson, also brought very trippy visual equipment, adding even more mystery to their set.
Fourpiece jazz improv group ESW performed next in the lineup. The quartet followed the lead of skilled drumming and jazz baselines, climaxing with squealing sax and guitar solos. Bits of reggae influence could be heard in the crevices of the
improv movements, as the sax player was taking a breather.
Ambient influenced Kaiton followed ESW. Looping ambient organ sounds to create build-ups, Kaiton's sound resembled that of Eluvium at times. At others though, he used natural sound effects (almost in a Flying Lotus fashion) to create more structured ambient sounds. The songs where he combined the structured beats with the ambient organs were indeed his strongest and most unique.
Eluvium closed the night with a beautifully relaxing set of ambient mastery. Unlike the other three acts, Eluvium's music featured carefully pinpointed vocals,
possibly adding to the complexity of his music. Guitar work was also featured
in many of Eluvium's songs. This includes a riff in which an ebow was used to
create sounds that slightly resembled an electric violin.
Eluvium also would play piano ballads, where no keyboard effects or electronic sounds were added, showing his musical prowess. These ballads served as great
transitions into his more complexly structured, epic pieces. Eluvium uttered
very little words throughout his set. In fact, when the set was finished he
exited the dimly lit room, leaving his beautifully looped keyboards ringing
with muffled applause coming from the audience.