Night 2 of Waveforms 2.0: The Lineup

Having thoroughly enjoyed the opening night of the month-long Waveforms 2.0 series, Aligning Minds’ residency at the Asheville Music Hall, I’m happy to report that the lineup stays as strong throughout the rest of October. The next show in the series, this Saturday at 10 pm, offers a second chance to see both Robert Manos and Aligning Minds, and gives you three new acts to sink your teeth into: Musashi Xero, 10th Letter, and headliner Prefuse 73. The headliner alone makes this the hottest ticket in town for your Saturday evening. Sensible Reason has the skinny on all of the action going down. This week will also feature live painting by Infinite Geometry (Andy Reed), whose enchantingly beautiful, psychedelic work will add a welcome visual component to the sets.

The artists this week are adding some hip hop to the mix, bringing a different feel to Waveforms after last week’s more traditionally electronic show. Musashi Xero‘s hip hop is chilled-out and infused with the sounds of jazz, electronic, and R&B. The beats are mostly downtempo, a quality that works well with his smooth vocals and his propensity for adding in jazzy instrumental samples that create a perfect backdrop to the songs. Musashi’s lyrics add an energetic, poetic layer to the sounds and are filled with wordplay and a cadence that adds a performative, improvisational element and enhances the interplay of the jazz and hip hop elements. It’s music that would be perfect in any number of venues, from intimate clubs in New York City to your living room during a particularly hip party. Musashi plans to perform his newest EP, Underground Kill Wave, in its entirety for the first time, and he’ll hit the stage at 9:30 – get there early to catch his set. Atlanta-based Afro-futurist 10th Letter brings his unique sound, which melds elements of the psychedelic, beat-heavy, and funk into an eclectic new whole to Waveforms, inviting us into a sonic journey inspired by his own dreams. The title of his most recent LP, Corpus Animus (2014), means “Body and Soul,” and it’s a perfect description of the music’s effect, which invites a deep listening experience. A musician and visual artist, 10th Letter gathers inspiration from the surreal and from the everyday, collecting images and ideas from his own unconscious as well as from the world around him. The music is grounded in solid beats, but has ephemeral features that dance in and out between each sound. For this reason, the music doesn’t fit neatly into a categorizable style. Rather, 10th Letter opens up new possibilities for how sounds can invite us on a sonic journey. His music traverses the mystic territory that lies within and surrounds each of us. Robert Manos returns to the stage this Saturday with his signature blend of smooth vocals and danceable beats. Manos put on a great performance last Saturday, offering new music and old favorites that perfectly blended soulful, R&B-inspired lyrics, and darker electronic sounds. Manos made some guest appearances during other acts, something which he’ll hopefully repeat this time around. If you couldn’t make Manos’s set last Saturday, don’t miss him this week. If you were at the show, come and enjoy a second helping. Aligning Minds also returns with their immersive sound. Last week this set had everyone on their feet and there’s no doubt that Aligning Minds will bring their expansive, experimental style back this time around, inviting everyone to get lost in their groove. There’s a lot of excitement over Prefuse 73‘s performance, and rightfully so. This will be the first opportunity many fans get to see him live and the enthusiasm is palpable. Prefuse’s last LP, The Only She Chapters, was released in 2011, but he’s been busy working on compilations and touring since then. It’s not an understatement to say that Prefuse 73 has had a profound effect on electronic music. 2003’s One Word Extinguisher rightfully sits atop of many an electronic artist’s “Best Of” list and was released to near-universal acclaim. That album and his work since then brings together a myriad of influences ranging from hip hop to jazz, glitch, and punk rock. Prefuse’s set will be an amazing end to a night packed with energy and talent. The second night of Waveforms 2.0 is absolutely the place to be if you’re anywhere near Western North Carolina this weekend. If you’re not, it’s a good reason to make that trip to the mountains you’ve been planning. The fall colors aren’t too shabby right now, either. Tickets are available here.

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