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Mercer Union presents Absolutely Free, Jason Doell and Swiss Dice, 30 May 2014, 8pm
Platform: Music at Mercer 2014
Friday, May 30 at 8pm
Tickets $10 | Members $5 (available at the door)
Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art
1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto (one block east of Lansdowne Station)
Absolutely Free are a 3-piece band based in Toronto, comprised of former members of DD/MM/YYYY. The group formulates musical experiments based on instrumentation, compositional structure and other formal qualities ubiquitous to popular rock music. Their music integrates analog synthesizers, African polyrhythms, Krautrock hypnotism, and Bollywood hooks all through a psychedelic haze.
Jason Doell plinks and plunks, and he clinks…and he clunks.
Despite a lean and ruthlessly tactical approach to instrumental composition, the music of Swiss Dice emerges fresh and vivacious. By respectfully considering the conventions of popular song form, it manages to straddle disparate genres, incorporating experimentation and sophistication, and still incite dance.