Look, I’m going to be honest here, the only reason I checked out I Can Chase Dragons is because I was going down the list of names on today’s schedule, and it jumped out at me. This is either going to be awful or just cute enough to work, I thought. So let that be a lesson to all bands out there, keep picking attention-grabbing names, because it actually works.
The songs were neither of those things (cute or awful). Instead, the music on the debut LP Expansion from this solo-production project from Julio Gudiño of Boston, and also of the Mexican band The Plastics Revolution (which has to be a hell of a commute to practice), is that rarest of things: joyous. There’s a sparkling momentum to his looping samples and effected vocals that makes a gray New York City morning seem a little brighter. He performs tonight at Spike Hill in Brooklyn.