Dianogah

Indie instrumentalists Dianogah (pronounced Dye-ah-No-gah) not only don't have a singer in their core, but they don't even possess a guitarist. Just a drummer and two bassists. If that sounds li

 
Dianogah



Indie instrumentalists Dianogah (pronounced Dye-ah-No-gah) not only don't have a singer in their core, but they don't even possess a guitarist. Just a drummer and two bassists. If that sounds limiting, a quick listen to the sprawlling, lush and bewitching Millions of Brazillians shows that the trio is more than capable of utilizing space to create a great presence within their music. Following two relatively raw-to-the-bone releases with Steve Albini behind the boards, Dianogah signed up John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake) to produce, giving the album an impressively expansive allure with keyboard and, yes, slight guitar additives. The fleshed out arrangements are ornamented nicely (thanks to guests musicians like Rachel Grimes of Rachels, John Upchurch of The Coctails and McEntire himself), but it's the slippery, engaging bass interplay and crafty rhythms that remain Dianogah's essence and trademark.

At Top Cat's on Tuesday with like-minded locals the Hilltop Distillery and Ampline.

— M.B.

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