By Katherine Purcell
George’s Majestic Lounge has rented out the Fayetteville Town Center this Saturday (Feb. 17) to host instrumental jamtronica duo Big Gigantic. They’ll be joined by Shallou, who is a fresh face to the electro-indie scene. Shindigmusic’s own Katherine Purcell gives us a quick run down about what to know and expect for the show:
- Joe Boston, better known as Shallou, is a Chicago-based producer and singer who creates ambient, electronic music. It’s often light, triumphant, and hopeful — including his soulful vocals. His music sounds like how I felt in college when I tacked up all my posters and wrapped my room in warm string lights. Or a summertime road trip when spirits are high, but I’m not late, and I’m not lost. Or, it feels like walking into a Forever 21 right when they open and everything is sparkly and neat. It’s easy to listen to and easy to digest. If it’s not already, it will be on the radio (and playing in Forever 21) soon.
- Shallou has been producing music since 2014, but has blown up over the past couple of years due to his music’s popularity on Spotify.
- Shallou is also headlining Backwoods Music Festival in Arkansas in April. To be honest, I didn’t know who he was until I saw the lineup and that’s what got me listening. I’ve never seen him live, so I’m excited to see him this weekend and on the mountain in April!
- I, like many, have seen Big Gigantic many times since they started playing in Denver in 2008. Since I first caught the duo at Wakarusa in 2011, their sound has been consistent and similar. Big Gigantic consists of two members, Dominic Lalli (saxophone, producer) and Jeremy Salken (drums).
- They were one of the original groups blending live instrumentation with electronic music, so it’s easier to say who sounds like them than to say who they sounds like. They started a style of music that is somewhat common these days, leading the way for artists like Griz, Gramatik, and even Arkansas’s own, Ryan Viser.
- The variety in their music has been with the diversity of the artists who they collaborate with live and feature on their albums. On their most recent album, The Future is Bright (2016), they feature Waka Flaka Flame, Logic, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Cherub, and Naz, among others.
- I don’t expect to be surprised by much with Big Gigantic. I know it will be fun, danceable, and a good time. I know at some point I’ll marvel at the incredible skill Lalli possesses with the saxophone. I also expect some throwbacks that will make me reminisce house parties, poolside hangs, and festivals of years past.