Los Angeles noise artist, musician, USC professor, and activist - Ted Hearne graced the National Sawdust Co. black and white stage with his mind-bending performance filled with swells, fuzz, and lots of feedback.
In an abandoned lumber mill nestled next to Williamsburg's shore, lies a beautifully curated venue, the National Sawdust Co. Its brick exterior and psychedelic mural enhanced this Jukely experience. As I entered the dark and glossy lobby, I was captivated by how perfectly the contemporary aesthetic paired so well with the cabaret style seating.
Ted Hearne's rich texture tackled my ears into a mind state of ambiguity and sheer chaos. I was on the edge of my seat and suddenly felt tangled in this web of distorted electric guitar, jazz synths, and melodic vocal autotune. The performance was entitled 'New Songs' and was complimented with a lyrics page, which to me, was unnecessary since I thought his genre-lessness sound needed no further explanation.
The rich texture and layers of Ted's sound was thought provoking, intriguing, and brought me into the cerebral side of experimental songwriting.