These Are Powers

There are certain sonic signatures within Chicago and Brooklyn's prevailing indie scenes that collide oh so colorfully in These Are Powers, a trio that's at once rhythmically tight and freakishly blurry. The band's hypnotic scrawls and sprawl were enough to lasso Austin's Dead Oceans — kid-sister label of major indies Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar — into imminently re-releasing last year's Terrific Seasons and follow-up EP Taro Tarot. The former was a confident enough debut album, but it's the latter that finds These Are Powers truly showing off its own weirdness. Conjured with much smoke and mystery by singer-guitarist Anna Barie, singer-bassist Pat Noecker and drummer Bill Salas, the EP's droning, foreboding deconstruction of post-punk contains something of the Slits, though fans of early Chromatics and Gang Gang Dance should also start getting excited. A new album slated for early next year will be These Are Powers' true test, so until then, check out the live show and decide for yourself.

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Doug Wallen