Know the Ledge

Montgomery Word

When: Mon., March 18, 8 p.m. 2013


The beats of Montgomery Word seem crafted precisely to inspire fantastical lucid dreams during an afternoon nap. In his self-applied descriptions, Word invokes Robitussin and codeine, which isn't inaccurate, but these sleepy pharmaceuticals belie a focused work ethic. Telephone, Word's first full-length sonic collage, came out in August, and now he's released Nite Lyf. There's much to like in its 16 tracks. The music's druggy indolence camouflages Word's strengths as an electronic musician: judicious editing and a masterful sense of just-enough. Layers of lo-fi fuzz and samples range from pretty to strange, from dreamy to bizarre, but every piece seems precisely crafted. Most importantly, the songs are so entertaining that it's sometimes easy to forget they're experimental. Though Nite Lyf resembles a mixtape in a lot of ways, the mood is consistently otherworldly and laidback. REBECCA WILSON

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