Sunday, October 23, 2016

Imagining Is Half The Battle: Bür Gür

Corbin Clarke (left) and Makan Negahban of Bür Gür


Listening Station ButtonAround the corner is the unseen, so the possibilities for what is waiting can be endless. The imagination goes wild, because it could be anything. Bür Gür, the ambient and electronic duo, is relentless in its interpretation of what’s unseen.

The synthesizer and guitar don’t so much complement each other, but act more like immature DNA, bouncing off each other in coordinated leaps. Elementary scales are incorporated into Bür Gür’s merry go-round style, vocals harmonizing among the detritus, similar to Animal Collective circa “Feels.” But instead of jubilation Bür Gür seem to be studying traffic, remarking on their neighborhood, and rummaging through found items on the street.

Corbin Clarke and Makan Negahban are the brains behind the operation, guiding their lilting vocals through the dense string work, faux percussion and melting generosity that they spread in their tracks. There are instances that employ empty space like a minimalist portrait, but those moments pivot on some unsuspecting note into busy surrealist hand clapping. Every moment is won on the texture of Bür Gür’s footing on the slippery landscape of chillwave, synthpop.

But where another artist like Washed Out might drown their voice in their instruments, Bür Gür are comfortable in their exposition. Bür Gür’s cassette, Alligator Cheesecake, is out now on How To Be A Microwave. They play Pehrspace, December 20.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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