In Tall Buildings shares the delicately funky 'Unmistakable'
Driver, the second album by Chicago’s In Tall Buildings, sustains such a steady mood—a hushed intimacy touched with the subtlest edge of melancholy—that it can be easy overlook the ambitious stylistic hopscotch happening behind it. Erik Hall, a home recording enthusiast and the project’s sole member, is best known for playing with Afrofunk revivalists NOMO and the dream-pop outfit Wild Belle, and you can hear the influence of both in his own work alongside psych-folk, contemporary synthesizer music, Peter Gabriel’s ’80s electronic pop experiments, and more.
The second single from the album, “Unmistakable,” manages to incorporate all of the above, producing a delicately funky amalgam that sounds a little like Elliott Smith’s Either/Or filtered through Gabriel’s So. Driver will be released Feb. 17 on Western Vinyl.