Meet George Sand – The Band, That Is
Much as assembling the monthly concert calendar here can be a pain, it’s like walking on the beach with a metal detector. Once in awhile, there’s a reward amidst the debris. Case in point: strange, minimalist keyboard band George Sand. Bandleader/composer Jay Pluck has obviously had some immersion in Philip Glass: there’s a hypnotic aspect to this music, but it’s more raw and ragged and gently, methodically disquieting. Think of the creepy cinematics of In the Summer House and you’ll be on the right track. There are three intriguing tracks up at the band’s Bandcamp page (sadly, they’re not downloadable), all of them working subtle, precisely articulated variations on broken chords, with an uneasy, modal melodic sense. These songs are long: the second one is thirteen minutes. The last of the three tracks, One Light Song clocks in at just under eight and features nebulously ominous guy/girl harmonies. They’re at Cake Shop on 12/3 at 10 PM opening for smart, tuneful, pensive female-fronted Americana/powerpop rockers Glass Anchors, cover is $7.