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Blues Control to Play Kensington Picnic Saturday 8/11

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Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho, aka Blues Control will bring their impressionistic, jazzy and otherworldly sounds to Kensington Picnic this Saturday August 11th.  Their latest record, Valley Tangents, released in June via Drag City, is heavily inspired by elements of nature.  With Waterhouse on guitars and electronics and Cho on keyboards, the project started in 2009 when the two left NYC, traipsed around the east coast, and eventually wound up in Coopersburg, PA.  It was there that they laid the groundwork for the song “Open Air”, which incorporated found and field-recorded music.

The duo’s music is built on a wide array of genres, from lounge-esque, psychedelic tonal collages (“Love’s a Rondo”), to percussion-based low-grade industrial/prog rock (“Tangier”).  The lush expanses of aural landscapes this duet creates is a veritable melding of non-western and classical, dancing across streams of non-traditional scales and instruments, ascending mountains of British blues, and venturing down valleys of brightly colored expressionism.

Meg Baird, Birds of Maya, and more musicians will also be playing on Saturday.  The music starts at 2pm at Frankford Ave and East Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia.

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