836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Thursday, June 22, 2017
7 p.m.$7 in advance, $9 day of show21 and over
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Portland-based duo Ellis Pink paints a pop landscape that feels impossibly full for its two members, especially when created live from only vocals, keyboards, and drums with no use of backing tracks or loops.The lifelong musicians compliment one another partially due to their stylistic differences: while keyboardist/vocalist Simon-Muir Filene was learning jazz piano and singing along to Sam Cooke records, drummer Connor Acott was playing afro-cuban hand percussion and discovering math rock. By the time the pair met, both had immersed themselves in the world of electronic music; yet they each held a deep desire to create those sounds in a live setting from scratch, feeling and improvising in the moment rather than meticulously programming. When they realized that collaborating with one another was the key to this shared fantasy, Ellis Pink was born.
Eugene Marie is a new electro-pop duo from Brooklyn by way of Seattle and Portland. Lucy Marie Horton's fiercely articulated vocals and Spencer Eugene Stewart's found-soundscapes are described as "The perfect blend of Björk's unconventional left field exuberance and Sylvan Esso's odd-pop earworms" (Crack in the Road).Their debut self-titled EP (Spring 2017) combines dense pop harmonies, transcribed conversations, and unlikely synths (vacuum cleaners & screeching subways) for something "ambitious and genre-bending." By gathering these seemingly mundane artifacts of life and putting them on a pedestal, Eugene Marie's music creates a beautifully strange impression of Brooklyn and its people.
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