El Ten Eleven set to mesmerize the Yacht Club

El Ten Eleven
El Ten Eleven released their fifth album, Transitions, in October 2012.

El Ten Eleven w/ Eliot Lipp

The Yacht Club – August 29 at 9:00 p.m. ($12)

The intricately textured, post-rock and electronic music of El Ten Eleven sounds like it is either made by a 10-piece band or a single nerd with a laptop, but it is in fact performed by duo Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty.

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may have come across El Ten Eleven’s music on NPR’s “All Things Considered” or the PBS design documentaries “Helvetica,” “Objectified” and “Urbanized”–all three of which were scored by Dunn and featured tracks by El Ten Eleven.

Using multiple looping and effects pedals, the band creates complex and densely layered soundscapes using only a double-necked guitar and drums. Although the duo has bristled against being described as a math or prog rock band in the past, it is difficult not to become mesmerized by the technical skill and creative process that their performances showcase. The process itself becomes an integral part of the musical experience, and is definitely worth seeing in person.

Brooklyn-based electronic music maker Eliot Lipp will be opening the show with some vintage, electro-sounding takes on hip hop, funk and house music.


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