By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
By Steve Weinstein
By Araceli Cruz
"Good music to ignore." That's how a friend describes all that listless Chicago post-rock pap so fashionable a few years back. You put on an album, notice how pretty it sounds, then tune out while reading a magazine or checking e-mail. Upon realizing that the record has ended, you file it in your collection and pat yourself on the back for making such a smart, hip purchase.
Apropa'tisn't technically Chicago post-rock (though look! John McEntire of the Sea and Cake is here! So is John Herndon of Tortoise! Gee, what a party!), but it is good music to ignore. It's Scott Herren, better known for his more warm-blooded, beat-oriented work as Prefuse 73, and a honey-voiced Catalan singer named Eva Puyuelo, whom he met while living in Barcelona, making "beautiful," "melancholy," "hypnotic," "breezy" music inspired by Brazilian pop composers and life in Spain. Instruments used: classical guitar, harmonium, concertina, bajo sexto, guitarron, harps. Press release says: "Apropa'tcaptures a mood of dreamy intimacy, candlelit reverie and emotional intensity." Translation: Apropa'tcaptures a mood of dreamy intimacy of a couple shopping for furniture at Pottery Barn. This is the kind of thing indie boys put on when they want to have sex.
Savath & Savalas play the Bowery Ballroom April 16.