Aararaki: “Reduction. Stutter. Funk.”

Aararaki: “Reduction. Stutter. Funk.”-attachment0

“Reduction. Stutter. Funk.” It’s not what you think of for a Monday night at Jack of the Wood. And yet, that’s just what will be happening on Monday, March 12, following Quizzo (which is what you’d expect).

Aararaki, an alt-soul quartet from Brooklyn, takes the stage at 10 p.m. According to press, the band, “not only pays homage to the founders of funk, but also modernizes the genre. In a trend heavy musical climate, Aabaraki opts for sophisticated minimalism, operating as a single unit in producing, writing, singing, and creating all of its music.”

“Terrified” is a slow burner of cool, laid back vocals, deep grooves and screaming guitars buried under reverb and electronic hum.

“Girl” borrows more from funk, with its nightscapes, skipping beats and slinky vocal — but time signature changes and swanky keys parts take cues from jazz. By way of hip-hop, by way of some futuristic lounge act.

The band is Aamir Lee Bermiss on vocals and keys, Brian Forbes on guitar, Ari Folman-Cohen on bass and Aaron Steele on drums. Cover for the show is $5 at the door.

Watch the band perform “What I Got” here:

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Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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