Listen/purchase: Call + Response IV by Restorations

October 6, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

The internet is often an easy scapegoat for the devaluation of not just music, but all forms of artistic expression. Remove the tangibility of a piece of art and what do we have, really? They’re just files in a folder, jpegs on a desktop, misplaced, misnamed, finite, disposable, a mere drag and drop away from the virtual abyss. You ever download something, save it to a folder, tell yourself you’re going to look at it or listen to it later and then never do? Me too.

But on the other side of the coin, the internet is often, though perhaps not often enough, a conduit for meaningful, tangible artistic expression and collaboration. Just because things happen so much faster now doesn’t mean that we should always hurry, and Restorations’ sweeping new 12-minute instrumental, “Alright boys, when we get to the airport, there will be absolutely no place to land,” premiered today via DCist, does anything but.

The song was written and recorded exclusively for Call + Response IV, happening this Saturday at Hole In The Sky in Washington, D.C. The concept of Call + Response goes beyond a drab, traditional art show in which the attendees are more interested in the free wine than the art; it offers, to borrow a term I learned in my community college Intro to Humanities class, an element of participation. “Alright” is the ‘Call’, the inspiration with which a group of talented writers will scribble their ‘Response’, which then will be provided to another group of visual artists to use as a prompt for their own, original work. A lot will be going on—there will no doubt be some sort of audience participation involved as well—and it’ll all initially be based on this song which to its credit, portrays quite a few moods and movements in its dozen minutes and should evoke quite a few interesting conversations, internal and external. Everyone interprets art differently and mostly based, maybe unintentionally, on their own past experiences, and to experience those interpretations in such a unique way will be well, fun.

Call + Response IV happens Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Hole In The Sky, 2110 5th Street NE, Washington, D.C. Admission is $5. A 7-inch, limited to 300 copies, will be available for purchase and packaged with all the writing from the show and a screen-printed jacket.