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Pillars and Tongues, ‘Knifelike’ – Song Premiere

Pillars and Tongues
Pillars and Tongues

Meditation is difficult to maintain in our hyper-connected world. A daily symphony of honking cars, whirring fans, buzzing refrigerators, grinding espresso machines, crying newborns and myriad other cacophonies fill our overstuffed noggins with mind-melting noise.

But what if you could weave those seemingly disparate textures of life into a single blanket of calm?

Well, it’s not easy (like, at all, man) — but Pillars and Tongues are doing just that. The experimental Chicago group’s upcoming album ‘End-dances,’ due out Sept. 17 on Empty Cellar Records, employs countless tracks of layered vocals and percussion that, on their own, would sound like unnecessary noise. But like makers of damn good stew, the band manages to meld Middle Eastern tones and American primitivism into a mystic jus.

Their single ‘Knifelike,’ which is pleased to premiere, rolls along with a consistent drone of strings and pump organ while singer Mark Trecka conjures bittersweet locrian melodies. It’s a consistently peaceful track, despite its intensity.

Next time you find yourself faced with all those extraneous noises from the street — your chirping phone, the clumsy upstairs neighbor, your mom — turn up the Pillars and Tongues. Or a blender.

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