Port St. Willow

Late Show

Port St. Willow


Thu, October 11, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Port St. Willow - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Port St. Willow
Port St. Willow is the solo vehicle of ambient pop and drone artist Nicholas Principe.

The project started in 2009 when Principe was living in Portland, Oregon, and melded textural atmospheric sounds with soft, slowcore song structures and falsetto vocals. A self-released first album, Even//Wasteland, appeared in late 2010, making the rounds in the form of a hand-stamped CD-R. Principe migrated to Brooklyn in 2012 where he finished and self-released a second album Holiday. Holiday made more of an impression, drawing outspoken praise from several media outlets as well as a public nod of recommendation from noise pop godfather Brian Eno.

Port St. Willow’s sophomore effort, Syncope, uses a similar focus on rhythm, texture, and voice to revisit the world that Holiday built.

Written and recorded with a focus on improvisation, Principe sought to capture the moments just after an idea is found. Working closely with engineer Victor Nash, the energy of these performances makes Syncope feel alive and breathing. Arranged after the fact as a continuous piece, the listener is placed in a bed of noise and rhythm that intersect to create new moments across each listen. Guided by Principe’s clear falsetto, each piece becomes an image described, coming into focus against a backdrop of sirens and metal, waves and light.

In the spirit of the original effort, contributors Will Epstein (Nicolas Jaar, High Water), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), and David Moore (Bing & Ruth) all deliver performances captured and unedited.

This is visual music with an emotive core. An expression of love in response to sudden change, and the patient steps forward of a rebirth.

Port St. Willow is currently located in New York.
Conveyor - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Conveyor is a band. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, the band is composed of electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, voice, and the four members that manipulate these instruments in order to perform the songs. The body that comprises their work currently includes: a string of self-released EPs, a cassette, one full-length album, and a number of 7” singles. The music is best described as melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, predominantly major-key, and adequately fits under the categories of rock and pop, with additional associations, more or less strong, to related sub-genres
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002