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As the leader of the accomplished Chicago post-rock combo Town and Country, Ben Vida built spare, yet subtly arranged soundscapes from the detritus of American roots music, fusing the harsh tones of Appalachian folk music, the finger-picked acoustic figures of Piedmont blues, with the stringent minimalism of experimental composers like John Cage and Terry Riley. As the leader of Bird Show Ben Vida has clearly assimilated an entirely new set of influences, but he weaves them together with the same deft originality and clear sense of purpose that distinguished his work with Town and Country, and the results are just as rewarding. On Unitiled he trades his earlier obsession with Dave Macon and Ear Scruggs for a deep fascination with the psychedelic freak outs of Amon Duul and the long-form drones of Neu!. Yet Untitled with its gorgeously cluttered production and inviting church choir style backing vocals is warm and inviting where Neu! and Amon Duul are cold and impersonal, making for a joyous and distinctly American take on modern experimental music.

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Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed as a solo outlet for Town and Country guitarist Ben Vida, Bird Show became the Chicago musician's primary outlet upon Town and Country's split. Walking the line between musique concrète and psychedelic sound collage, with the occasional song form thrown in, Vida's home-recorded Bird Show releases were consistently adventurous. Using Bird Show as a platform for invention, Vida created immersive electro-acoustic scenes, mixing field recordings with a wide range of instruments, including Moroccan...
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