Brent Penny // Discus
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Brent Penny (Pennington) is a Chicago based experimental singer-songwriter and musician crafting his personal take on pop. Penny’s sound is informed by various shoegaze, ambient, folk, and experimental components. With deadpan lyrical delivery Penny combines that which is deeply visceral with the surreal. Raised in a Mormon family, Pennington built his relationship to music through hymns.
The songs on ‘Choose The Right’ reflect on coming to terms with his decision to leave the church, embracing his queerness, and reclaiming and redefining faith.
As Chicago’s four-piece rock group Discus share their 2019 debut full-length, Something Has Happened, it is unsurprisingly furnished with a variety of garage-pop staples, acknowledging the group’s shared memberships in longstanding Chicago groups Varsity, Pool Holograph, and Clearance. The album is a bewildering but funny, sentimental but cryptic, portrait formed via collaged features. A folded note that leads the listener from the melancholy haze so common to the Midwest, towards the fleeting, orange afternoons we could not forget.
2319 W Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618