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Zs, Horse Lords, Cloud Becomes Your Hand // Electrify #13 // Budapest

  • Trafó House Liliom u. 41. Corvin negyed megállónál Budapest 1094 Hungary (map)

The thirteenth installment of Electrify will present the tip of the iceberg of the East Coast experimental scene’s new generation. The three bands set to appear are Brooklyn-based, wildly tenacious experimental trio Zs, methodical musical revisionists Horse Lords and cartoonish art-rockers Cloud Becomes Your Hand. 

Following its formation in 2000, Zs quickly emerged as one of the foremost acts on the New York underground scene. Having its own past, present and future, their developed language is an amorphous mass built on the traditions of rock, jazz, noise, drone and experimental electronics. Their tone is characterized by an electrifying freshness and a sense of purpose that knows no obstacles while their dead serious message offers the opportunity of a discovery that is challenging physically just as much as mentally for both performer and listener.

Baltimore quartet Horse Lords explores the layering of West-African music, American folk, modern minimalism and art-rock in a tight, exquisite and entrancing sound. Their extensive research and respect for musical traditions yields an array of tools and techniques to freely combine. This critically admired, peerless experimentation has been going on since 2010, during which period the ensemble recorded three albums and three mixapes. It is a process of reevaluating musical traditions which gives rise to an unstoppable, liberating trance music.

Third performers of the night are Cloud Becomes Your Hand who approach both psych-pop’s sweetness and punk-rock’s fervor with a childlike innocence, optimism and sense of freedom. The sextet’s absurd cacophony is also said to be a great choice when you feel like transforming into a cartoon.