Sonogram, Arrival Lounge

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Conjuring the futureworld of Blade Runner and THX-1138, the Chicago group Sonogram builds songs out of thick squiggles of electronics, ruthlessly minimal and perfectly antiquated. "Arrival Lounge" bears an eerie similarity to Radiohead's "Everything in its Right Place", but where that song fractured and unwound, "Arrival Lounge" chirps and quivers like a mechanical bird. "Hovering the Velodrome" blinks like fluorescent lighting and "Radial Blur", with its fat splotches of synth and strange mosquito whistle, could be the soundtrack to Tarkovsky's Stalker. Arrival Lounge is an eerie, 3 a.m. record full of tubes and wires and blinking lights.