Anyone for atmospheric indie-rock out of Chicago?? Formed in 2003 and calling themselves Pit Er Pat
— after a painting by Chicago artist Jim Nutt, is a duo of musicians that blends downtempo grooves, gypsy nuances and a post-rock edge to make a surprisingly complex album.
Comprised of classically trained pianist Fay Davis-Jeffers and drummer Butchy Fuego, Pit Er Pat’s newest album The Flexible Entertainer showcases a wide array of emotions (and genres) from deep and dark to happy and euphoric.
Though each song has a different “label” (grunge, cinematic madness, party shuffle), the album itself still blends cohesively. The “grunge” track “Emperor of Charms” has these amazing guitar riffs and drum beats which mid-way through becomes a wicked guitar solo. (The ebb, flow and bridge of the track are quite lovely). While “Water” reminds me of L.A.-based duo J-DaVey
; it’s electronica with a twist of R&B, “Godspot,” the “party shuffle” song does anything but make me want to party.
Overall, The Flexible Entertainer
is a simple package of eight tunes but Faye and Butchy create an eclectic mix of moods and sounds that would rock any downtempo music fan’s world.
- ND McCray