Ami Dang // Spiral Galaxy
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Ami Dang fuses sitar, voice, and electronics to create east-meets-west, ambient, experimental, psych-music. In her upcoming experimental album, Parted Plains (to be released in 2019 on Leaving Records) featuring sitar and electronics, she draws inspiration from South Asian and Middle Eastern folktales, specifically, the four tragic romances of Punjab, Sohni Mahiwal, Sassi Punnun, Heer Ranjha, and Mirza Sahiba; Flora Annie Steel’s Tales of the Punjab: Folklore of India, and selected stories from One Thousand and One Nights. Galvanized by the Western interpretations of these stories, Parted Plains unfolds as a new sort of soundtrack for a yet-to-be written folktale that is neither Eastern nor Western, not traditional or contemporary--but somewhere in between.
Flautist Sara Gossett, treated guitar/machines manipulator Plastic Crimewave, and sax/guitar/sitar player Hands of Hydra create devotional sonic voyages and droney soundscapes with the occasional rhythmic pulse to conjure the textural and kosmische vibe of 70s German seekers like Yatha Sidhra, Popul Vuh, Achim Reichel, and early Kraftwerk. The ghost of NY synth-punks lurks Suicide also lurks in the background, as well as the wall-of-sound miasma of 90s UK "shoegaze". The trio have completed their first album, featuring special guests Jean-Herve Peron of legendary avant-German collective Faust (who Spiral Galaxy was lucky enough to open for), Kawabata Makoto of Japanese psych gods Acid Mothers Temple, Alisha Sufit of UK 70s eastern-folk band Magic Carpet, and guitar wunderkind Ryley Walker. Spiral Galaxy has also performed in the UK (tour including London and Scotland), Milan, Chicago Psych Fest, Milwaukee Psych Fest, The Feed Me Weird Things series in Iowa City.
2319 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618