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The CVU 2011 Forecast: Pretty Good Dance Moves!

Posted in CVU Cover Story 01/11,Pretty Good Dance Moves by Jaime Black on January 27th, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Pretty Good Dance Moves!


For electronic pop outfit Pretty Good Dance Moves’ forthcoming fourth release, the former Chicago/New York-based group, now operating predominantly out of the Big Apple, has changed up the formula a bit. Entitled Limo, the project finds PGDM venturing through a continuous 30 minute musical construction, culminating in a short but satisfying vocal appearance from Sabina Sciubba of Brazilian Girls. Surprisingly digestible as a long-form pop production and largely instrumental, Limo features expected elements like warm and shock-set synths as well as more adventurous components, such as soulful sax weaving its way in and out of the undertaking. Throughout the piece, the band never loses site of melody and wisely keeps things moving, never dwelling too long on one idea with seamless transitions benefiting the massive songs’ various stages.

“Originally the concept was to make a long form instrumental song in the realm of 30-40 minutes,” PGDM synth player and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Allieta tells CVU, “but we ended up using (Sciubba’s) vocals, they really fit too well. Other differences with the record are the use of more live drums and percussion to give a more ‘garage electronica’ sound and extending out sections that we would have compacted more in the past.”

Allieta goes on to reveal an anticipated spring release for the long-form effort. The band currently has no Chicago activity scheduled for the moment, though East Coast readers can check out PGDM this Sunday, January 30th, for the final night of the group’s residency happening at Pianos in New York.

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