Blues Control: “Love’s a Rondo” (Video; touring)

This week, Queen’s experimental rock duo Blues Control released Valley Tangents, their latest LP via Drag City.

Check out album track “Iron Pigs.”

We also have a list of tour dates below (starting tonight in Baltimore). And, a special treat, a beautiful new video for album track “Love’s a Rondo,” featuring exquisite plastique movement from mime Tarik Davidson. Yes, File Under ? has finally done a post about mime!

“Love’s a Rondo.”

Directed by Tara Sinn. Filmed by William Strobeck.

Featuring Tarik Davidson aka Allstar the MTA Mime.

Valley Tangents

BLUES CONTROL TOUR DATES:

Thu. June 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Floristree Space

Fri. June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Birds of Maya, Slow Tongued Beauty

Sat. June 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent w/ Purling Hiss, Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli, DJ Brian Turner, DJ Paul Major

Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s

Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout w/ Chandeliers

Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Pink Reason, Day Creeper

Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen

Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub

Espers' III

Espers
III
Drag City CD

Given the number of solo efforts and other bands that spinoff from Philadelphia-based outfit Espers, it’s fair to say that they are the supergroup of the city’s burgeoning psych-folk scene. Espers started out as a trio with frequent guests. On their latest LP, III, they’ve grown to a quintet: Greg Weeks, Meg Baird, Helen Espvall, Otto Hauser, Brooke Sietinsons. Correspondingly, their sonic and musical reach has grown as well.
Thus, the music-making shines on “I can’t see Clear,” a ’60s-inspired pop-folk with white-hot guitar breaks offsetting amiable duet vocals. But Espers has also got a penchant for drone-heavy improvisation and Eastern-tinged percussion, exhibited on “Colony.” When the vocals enter, they add a whirling dervish of trippy harmonies.
“Another Moon Song” finds the band stretching out on an expansive jam with some impressive long-form guitar solos. There’s even a bit of pastoral-prog mysticism and atmospheric strings to be found on “Trollslända.”
While III finds Espers as elusive to pin down as ever, they prove equally impressive in each of their many guises.