When: Thu., Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Matthew Park sort of dropped off the radar after his last project, Veelee, split up last year. Where that duo explored playful, occasionally careless tonescapes, his new project Airstrip seems menacingly tight. "So-So," the latest of three standalone tracks released via Airstrip's Bandcamp page, opens with a menacing invocation: "Some people will love each other/ some people will kill each other." His vocal melodies are insistently catchy, tucked into hermetic pop rhythms, and the messages are direct and personal—quite the opposite of his last project's minimal abstractions.
Park recorded these tracks at his home studio. Yet the live incarnation features musicians capable of rendering these tunes as metronome-precise onstage as on record (not everyone gets to share a rhythm section with Horseback, but he does). A full-band EP is in the works, which promises to be an exciting document when it does surface. With Lilac Shadows and Heads on Sticks. —Corbie Hill