Buffalo Black & Lord Byron

Buffalo Black & Lord Byron

Medicine Man Revival, Jon Bap, TREE.

Thu, June 29, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$15.00

This event is all ages

Buffalo Black
Buffalo Black
Jmil Kly aka Buffalo Black represents a new breed of Artistry out of Dallas, Texas. Given light and breath on May 2nd, he was raised in Dallas with the perspective of an observer, eager to stake a claim in the world. Also a Philosophy Student at the University of North Texas, music became an important avenue of creativity in his life in early 2009. During then, he began crafting himself for his debut mixtape, "Flomogenic", later released in May of 2010. After that followed preparation for his debut EP, "NEOTokyo", which carried apocalyptic themes and concepts derived from Anime Films such as, "Akira". Afterwards, a creative void and personal conflict compelled him to develop the concept for his next EP, "The Boy King", which inherited sounds influenced by several artists such as Hans Zimmer, Alpha, Brian Eno, Kanye West and Flying Lotus. In late 2011 he was honored as one of the top 10 Best Local Hip Hop Acts in the Dallas Area by the Dallas Observer. He now turns his aims towards developing himself as a producer and rapper under the moniker of "Buffalo Black" in association with "Jmil Kly", discovering himself and uncovering new forms of visual/sound manifestations along the way. - See more at: http://bfloblack.com/about-me/#sthash.hbPkMmWB.dpuf
Lord Byron
Lord Byron
Lord Byron is 24 year old Byron Neal. He spent most of his time growing up in an East Dallas public housing complex, but his family moved around a lot, spending time in many neighborhoods around the city. He did a year of college in Tyler, before realizing school wasn't the right fit. After moving back home, the self proclaimed recluse made an out-of-character decision to hit a party in Highland Park with a friend. He had been feeling lost, like he was lacking direction. There, he, among others, producer ★★★★★™, who helped inspire him to go from a closet spoken word writer to a driven young recording artist. Before long, he was moving to Denver, Colorado to record with ★★★★★™ and fellow producer Brrd for a year.
Medicine Man Revival
Medicine Man Revival
Medicine Man Revival is the funky, futuristic soul collaboration of artistry, production and performance by Keite Young and Jason Robert Burt.
Jon Bap
Jon Bap
What Now? opens with a nearly 10-minute-long track called “Guided Meditation.” The title here is quite literal: the track consists of a recording of a woman guiding the listener through a meditation exercise over layers of ringing drones. This is a bold move, to be sure, especially for a new and relatively unknown artist like Jon Bap—it’s as if he’s demanding our patience and open-mindedness as the cost of admission to his sonic world. Still, this kind of confrontation is fully in keeping with Bap’s uncompromising ethos. He is nothing if not a serial breaker of rules, his practice largely defined by a continual willingness to scribble outside of the lines.

While it’s difficult to find a box that he fits into neatly, Bap is perhaps best described as an experimental soul artist. His background is in many ways traditional: He was raised in a musical family, first found his voice in the church choir, and clearly draws a lot of inspiration from classic funk, soul and R&B. The forms that his songs take, however, push beyond the commonly understood bounds of those genres. His aesthetic as a recording artist is one of disorderly virtuosity, a composer who piles up home-recorded sounds in unexpected and sometimes stunning ways. In this regard he has more in common with, say, the Dirty Projectors than D’Angelo, though he’s clearly indebted to both.

Nowhere is Bap’s outsider stance more clear than in his approach to percussion. The drums on Jon Bap songs clash and clatter, fighting for control of the tempo and the listener’s ear. He allows beats to collide at odd angles, to play counter-rhythms, to create an air of barely-contained chaos. On What Now? Bap has taken this sensibility a step further by fully removing the drummer from the songwriting process. Nearly all of the drum tracks on What Now? were sampled from hours of jazz drummer Mike Mitchell’s improvisations, which Bap recorded in preparation for the album and then sequenced to create these tracks. On these songs, Mitchell’s playing evokes everything from Questlove’s off-kilter kit work on Voodoo to Zach Hill’s manic fills to the inhuman breakbeats of IDM artists like Squarepusher and Aphex Twin.

Despite the rhythmic discord, Bap’s best songs still manage to feel loose, warm and immediate. “Gotta Be Your Lover” sounds like the warped memory of a Prince song with a wind-up toy standing in for a drummer. “Don’t Run Into the Dark So Quick” is a devastating ballad, its wobbly, detuned guitar conjuring a dusty blues acetate, as Bap pleads with a wayward lover. And “Let It Happen,” the beautifully off-balance, Jeff Buckley-esque title track from Bap’s debut EP, gets a welcome reprise here, closing the album with one of Bap’s strongest vocal performances to date.

Jon Bap is a promising new voice, and the inventiveness and confidence he displays here is commendable, but he might benefit from an editor. What Now? has more than its fair share of interludes, field recordings and spoken-word bits, but its primary shortcoming is that there are simply not enough songs, especially by way of comparison to his more focused debut EP. Similarly, not every sonic experiment here clicks; songs like “Intuition” border on cacophonous in parts, when the songwriting begins to bow under the weight of too many tempos and layers. Still, it’s not difficult to see how this sort of willful messiness might support Bap’s overall aim, to surprise and unsettle the listener but also, to see that her patience is rewarded.
TREE.
TREE.
love. LiveLife. create. we from Dallas baby. just a kid from oak cliff. #LongLive17
Venue Information:
Trees
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://treesdallas.com/