Chicago’s Chord says that the group “was born on the ashes of a ruined North America. We play one chord. Or another.” But truly, the five-piece is more intricate than that, born of the workings of Pelican, a metal-minded Chicago outfit that uses builds, melody and an aggressive sound to bury their listeners in beautiful doom. Featuring Pelican’s Trevor Shelley-de Brauw, Chord also focuses on builds, but utilizes a softer ambient state to propel its songs rather than raw aggression. Listen to a track from their new EP, Progression, out now on Important Records and see the band tomorrow night at Frank’s Power Plant as they perform alongside Bruce Lamont and Milwaukee’s Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir). Mueller will be stopping by WMSE today on the Five & Dime show today at around 11 a.m. to speak with DJ Shopkeeper Ken about the show and his most recent solo work, which includes the albums The Whole and Alphabet of Movements.
Chord, “EbMaj9 (Descent)”