At the end of October, A Lull returned home to Chicago like conquering heroes. The week prior, they played several shows at CMJ in New York. They were hailed as a band to watch by NPR and The New York Times before the festival began, and by the time A Lull left, their praise had grown exponentially. We were happy to host their homecoming of sorts here at saki, and if they weren’t happy to be home it definitely didn’t show.
Nigel Dennis and crew took up the entirety of our modest stage and spilled out into the audience area with their smorgasbord of percussion, amps, and keyboards. Let it be known: the band makes use of everything at their disposal. A Lull has an absolutely gigantic sound that is often compared to Animal Collective for its use of circular and poly-rhythms, pitch-bent electronic sounds and multi-part vocal harmonies. But where Animal Collective occasionally falls into the trap of sounding overly repetitive, A Lull uses their rhythm section (if you can call it merely a “section”) to drive their songs forward in a way that leaves the listener stunned by the overwhelming rush of exuberant energy. It’s as though they’ve harnessed the wall-of-sound aesthetic (Broken Social Scene’s version, not Phil Spector’s) and paired it with Grizzly Bear's complex arrangements and Yeasayer's bright energy.
Having spent some time with A Lull’s latest album Confetti as well as their live show, I have to say I prefer the live experience. Confetti is a fantastic album of brilliantly orchestrated pop music, but I just don’t think any album can top the all-encompassing undertaking that is A Lull’s live show. If they sound this good in our tiny record store, just imagine what they sound like at a “real” venue. Have a listen to these six tracks and I promise you’ll want to find out!
Confetti is out now and available at saki!