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Download Then See: Thin Hymns At Township

By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on May 30, 2012 7:40PM

2012_05_30_thinhymns.jpg Thin Hymns isn’t a religious band, but its music does have this peculiarly spiritual feeling to it. The Chicago 4-piece crafts its own variety of minimalist experimental pop that sounds like the hymnals of a cult that worships the synthesizer.

Last fall, the band released its first EP, Logic & Theory, a collection of hypnotic yet wandering rhythms, twinkling synth, and falsetto vocals. There’s also this deliciously dark feeling throughout the album. Take, for example, “Miracles”, a catchy tune juxtaposed by sinister lyrics like “You should have drowned back there in the water.” And then there’s the album’s title track, a methodical melody with looping rhythms and repetitive vocals that culminates in a dizzying array of drums, aspirated vocals, and electronic tones.

You can catch Thin Hymns perform live when they play Township (formerly Panchos) tonight. Supporting will be Anonymous Choir, an all-female, 10-piece cover band out of Minneapolis, and opening will be Chicago’s 11-year-old experimental pop instrumentalist Daniel Fromberg. For now, download the title track from Thin Hymns’ EP:

MP3: Thin Hymns “Logic & Theory”

Thin Hymns play tonight, Wednesday, May 30 at Township, 2200 N California, 9 p.m., $7, 21+