In Tall Buildings
Talk about having it all; multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall dabbled in dark experimentalism with His Name is Alive and cranked out World-flecked Dance Pop with NOMO and Wild Belle, but in his solo persona as In Tall Buildings, he works in mid-tempo Pop the way a painter works in oils — with methodical deliberation. Hall’s latest ITB release, Driver, was crafted in the isolation of his Chicago home studio and his wife’s farmhouse in northern Michigan, and critiqued in solitude on the long car drives between the two locales. As a result, Driver, the follow-up to Hall’s eponymous debut as ITB in 2010, is contemplative and expansive even at its most playful, and unexpectedly compelling in its simplicity.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: James Mercer, Beck, Jud Ehrbar and Karl Wallinger play Battleship with Brian Eno. (BB)