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A Place Both Wonderful & Strange: The return

‘What I Speak I Create’ looks beyond Twin Peaks

Monday August 7, 2017 06:49 pm EDT



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What I Speak I Create by a place both wonderful and strange

Since his 2009 break from the Silent Drape Runners, Atlanta expat Russ Marshalek carries on with his practices crafting electronic, witch house and dance music with A Place Both Wonderful & Strange. Formed in Brooklyn with fellow synth-mongers Shanda Woods and Laura Hajeck, APBW&S moves away from mixtape mediums with the album What I Speak I Create, released via Sony Records on Aug. 4.

Perfectly timed with Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: the Revival,” APBW&S’ six-song LP follows the 2016 CD Laura Palmer Deviations. The previous release functioned as the soundtrack to the group’s Twin Peaks performance art piece, “Keys Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer.” What I Speak I Create renews the group’s sense of David Lynchian sensibilities using an array of synthesizers and what Marshalek describes as “ill-advised” vocal processors. The album delves into darker moments with “Hex and the City,” creeping into ’90s-style classic trip hop grooves and slithering beats. The group indulges in dance eccentricities with a pop single, titled “W*tch,” blasting through with EDM beats and Woods’ sugar-coated vocals, and returns to solace in the haunting echoes of “Not the Red Baron.” What I Speak I Create pulls through with dark electronic noise elements while breaking from the molds of the Black Lodge for APBW&S to become a wholly new force of nature. ??

A Place Both Wonderful & Strange w/ Dendera Bloodbath and Silk Wolf. $10-$12. 8 p.m. Red Light Cafe, 553-1 Amsterdam Ave. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com.