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The next time local DIY venue The Cherch hosts a drone brunch—-the inaugural one took place two weekends ago, and featured drone music from Insect Factory and Layne Garrett—-they should book Body Wishes, a minimalist project from Hume guitarist Peter Tran. Body Wishes performs tonight at another D.C. DIY space, and you can get yourself primed with White Chocolate, an eight-song, 89-minute album that’s been online since October.
Eight songs, 89 minutes: That is so drone. But you hardly notice the length of these compositions, which mostly consist of distant hums, gentle feedback, and chopped-up synthesizers. If you set it to an insistent beat, the bedrock loop in opener “Sleep Over” would be rave-y and ecstatic; instead, Tran treats it like a primer color, painting over it for seven minutes before letting it melt into a glimmery stew. Like everything on White Chocolate, the song is densely packed, slow-evolving, space-tossed, and utterly spiritual.
Last time I spoke with Hume frontman Britton Powell, he said the group is planning a big year. Expect more music—-hopefully in this vein—-from the band, which spent much of last summer holed up in Upstate New York writing and recording. Powell said three of the band’s members will also have solo releases—-Tran; drummer Wilson Kemp, aka Macaw; and Powell himself.
Here are the deets for tonight’s show. Listen to White Chocolate below.