I first became aware of Jonathan Visger when I saw his band Mason Proper at the Magic Stick years ago during a festival of Michigan based bands. Their set inspired a quick trip to the merch table to purchase their then new album Olly Oxen Free that the bulk of their set drew from. Visger has continued to keep himself out there, releasing solo material under the Absofacto name, and most recently as a touring member of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Now Visger has a new project, made with longtime friend Brian Konicek, and it is shaping up to be my favorite of his. Hollow & Akimbo is the name the duo are using and they are giving a dreamy, trippy spin on electronic pop music. The four songs that make up their debut EP Pseudoscience are all sweetly melodic, while built with live instrumentation mixed in with electronic loops and beats. Guitar work is an essential element on each song and Visger's vocals impress throughout, from the falsetto on "Still Life" to the echoed effects on personal favorite "Solar Plexus". The bad news is there is only roughly 15 minutes of music here and you'll want to hear more. The good news is a full length is apparently in the works. Stream the EP below.
Favorite tracks: "Solar Plexus", "Still Life"
Pseudoscience was released October 1, 2013 as a digital download via Quite Scientific Records.