The drummer from Wilco released “Mobile” this spring, a crowd of instrumental songs, mostly percussion-based, that showcase Kotche’s imagination, minimalist leanings and atmospheric tendency. He incorporates different instruments—vibraphone, piano, bells and chimes—to scrupulously organize and compose each song, the results intriguing, yet confounding, at once. It’ll be fascinating to see this in person, because on the record the music is difficult to dedicate yourself to—it seems like you’re always waiting. This is a true side project, as nothing is reminiscent of his Wilco work, and for that, it’s special. Each song has it own landscape, it’s own environment in which it only exists. “Mobile” is a difficult record to love, but an easy one to admire. (Tom Lynch)
September 24 at The Black Orchid.