Al Lover, Tinkerbelles
Los Angeles based producer Al Lover has spent the last several years evolving a unique approach to psychedelic and experimental electronic music. Creating a broken abstraction of what some might see as trip hop, Al uses a mix of samples, drum machines, live instrumentation, analog synthesizers and effect processing to draw out elements from the past and connect them to the future. From the 2011 garage psych tinged project, Distorted Reverberations – where he remixed bands such as Thee Oh Sees and Night Beats – to his up coming exploration of synthesized kraut, dark ambient and trap, Existential Everything, Al continues to explore the fringes of psychedelic music and the common threads within it’s various genres, drawing parallels where others might get lost.
Since 2013, Al Lover has been busy releasing a slew of projects on multiple labels (The Reverberation Appreciation Society, Fuzz Club Records, Hoga Nord Rekords, PNKSLM Records and more), as well as collaborating with artists such as Goat, Anton Newcombe, White Fence and Cairo Liberation Front, all while touring extensively, producing the Elevated Transmissions Podcast and working with Levitation and Desert Daze festivals as their official DJ.
Named after the eponymous Andy Warhol Superstar who ended her life once the proverbial party had stopped, pop culture and collapse thematically surrounded Adam Mohundro and Christian Dawson’s launch of Tinkerbelles in 2013 following the breakup of their previous group, Gypsyblood (Sargent House).
Mohundro plays bass, Dawson sits behind the kit, both sing, and they string together gigantic, catchy songs with what feels like minimal effort. On their debut full-length, Confetti at the Bottom (released by local collective Teepeespeek), Tinkerbelles use copious reverb to create space in their compact melodies, allowing songs to land with tectonic force while hewing to simple, succinct templates. They carve out a place where grunge, doo-wop, power pop, and postpunk can commingle, blending those sounds so easily that it’s a wonder more people aren’t trying it.
*This performance will be the last of a year long collection of individual socio-structural art installations. The resulting performance emphasizes the subjective nature of the relationship of live music and space. In remapping our perceptions of what live music can be, Tinkerbelles test their limitations and further define what exactly it means to see a live band in the 21st century. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!