is the solo project of Jeremiah Chiu (Icy Demons)
The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton)
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200 Years is the duo of Ben “Six Organs of Admittance” Chasny and Elisa “Magik Markers” Ambrogio. Like magnets, or Voltron, apart these two have wrecked havoc with electricity and enemies, but when joined create a force of absolute cohesion and power. Quiet-like, though! After releasing their debut, self-titled album last November on Drag City, the prolific twosome is taking their show on the road to select cities next month!
200 Years is to a listening experience like seeing is through a dirty window — you can’t see anything clear out there but the light. And that’s more than you got in the room. Sonically, it’s basically Ben and Elisa with guitars, Elisa’s voice, Ben’s guitar alone, the breath of a harmonium, the faintest strains of piano. There’s more playing in the mix than just that, but it’s like that ol’ dirty window – the sounds are more not there than they are there.
200 Years depicts chaos, envisaged through corrosion, but calmly, childishly recounted. The slow ticking of time, so terrifying to some, is a natural fact here. Playing the guitar is the train to tomorrow, even if there’s no reason really to take that ride. Ambrogio’s lyrics are sung often without major affect, but the words burn color out of the walls and the ﬂoor around her. Like slides focusing and blurring, the lyrical threads offer the momentary clarity of squinting into the middle distance and seeing smoke rise.