In the wake of 285 Kent’s absence as one of the most celebrated venues in New York City for independent and emerging music, Williamsburg venue Baby’s All Right has emerged. This Friday the bar/venue hosted two shows: the album release party for Captured Tracks artist Axxa/Abraxas, followed by an electronic set by several resident New York artists.
Underground artist-producers Weird Magic and Huerco S. kicked of the set at the stroke of midnight before the experimental drum and bass duo Teengirl Fantasy took to the stage. Their set was interactive and expertly controlled, neither settling on one kind of drum pad or synthesizer for very long. Buried deep under layers of inundating basslines and frenetic synth cuts were brief, macabre events of ghoulish noises and fiendish booms.
Tracks from their most recent Nun EP like “Eric” and “Platinum” illuminate a slight shift in focus from their 2012 debut Tracer. Stray vocal samples are removed; their previous R&B undertones are staunched for bizarre-beat glo-fi visions, night terrors in psychoactive 16-bit shapes. But even by the light of the strange projected backdrop, Teengirl Fantasy remained fairly obscure in the shadows, like mad scientists too engrossed in their own disturbed creations to address the crowd.
The prolific New York-based electronic musician FaltyDL followed Teengirl Fantasy. His equipment was sparse in comparison to the musically involved duo, making for a generally less dynamic performance, but what FaltyDL lacked in gadgets he made up for in skill. Testing the monitors on his first tune, FaltyDL stepped away from his laptop to the middle of the crowd to ensure the sound was up to par. The veteran electronic artist conjured up dense, tumultuous rhythms and dynamic synth textures. Before the noise started to overwhelm, though, he would ease confidently into leaner, beat-driven songs with no shortage of soul or trip-hop tributaries. His set explored an impressive range of sound, including his own catalog of disparate tracks with a selection of dance-oriented records from outside sources.
Photos by Angel E. Fraden.