When the wind picks up in San Francisco, it's easy to wish that your limbs could transform into glorious wings.You could float, soar, and glide over the city without worry and turn a pesky gust into an ariel springboard. Until the magic bird spell becomes available, us ground-bound humans are left to simulate the free-floating sensation. Dreamy pop seems to be the closest alternative and Saturday's combination of Puro Instinct and John Maus are sure to sweep you right off those tired feet.
While the two acts offer different degrees of whimsical imagery, LA's Puro Instinct and Minnesota-grown John Maus both incorporate fanatic amounts of melodic synth and levitation inspiration. The evening will feel like clouds, especially if your pre-show includes some mediation and a few medicinal puffs. You'll dance a little and nod a lot, and even if you don't quite make it to bird status, you'll enjoy the limbo between.
Sisters Piper and Skylar used to be known as Pearl Harbor, but as of 2011, they've gone PC with the name Puro Instinct. The duo has since expanded into a six-piece, but their music remains ironically eerie--like antique baby dolls with scratched-up glass eyes. Distrust and hesitation lingers behind the layers of sweet lace and it's just enough spunk to keep the melodies mysteriously minor. The addition of more ambient drums, surf-city guitars, and continued advice from their friend Ariel Pink, leaves their sound rounder and glossier than ever.
John Maus is working towards his PhD in political science and as boring as that sounds, his music-making hobby is full of curious fun. His deep voice burrows beneath layers of reverb, only just loud enough to break the surface of '80s guitars and boisterous keyboard concoctions. His love for punk, appreciation of Baroque, and susceptibility to gush over movie soundtracks has somehow accumulated into one big, awesome mess. Tracks from his new album, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, (due June 28 onRibbon Music), are simultaneously tender and mean, feisty and introspective.
Puro Instinct is best for the sensitive seagulls. Adventurous hawks will be delighted by Maus. Pick your flight.
PURO INSTINCT AND JOHN MAUS
Sat/18, 8 p.m., $7-10
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission St, SF