Ohad Benchetrit’s instrumental solo project, simply titled Years, is an exploration of acoustic-guitar compositions matched with IDM softness, an ambient, mood-setting affair that’s gentle, melancholy and sweetly pleasing. The self-titled record released earlier this year has plenty of bedroom-studio tricks and precious transitions to indicate that this is, above all, a side project, and eyebrow-raising song titles like “Are You Unloved,” “Don’t Let the Blind Go Deaf” and “Hey Cancer…Fuck You!” don’t exactly show Benchetrit at his most serious. That said, the Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene multi-instrumentalist has carefully crafted a rewarding record of blips and beeps that somehow doesn’t seem overly distant or detached like most IDM. The songs are short, but the arrangements boom and intersect with precision. (Tom Lynch)
December 4 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 10pm, and December 5 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, (773)525-2508, at 10pm.