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Or, Black Taffy, Joshua Asante

By Rebekah Hall

SATURDAY 8/31. White Water Tavern.

Donovan Jones of Black Taffy

In an atmospheric evening of low-fi vaporwave and electronic soul, the sedative combination of artists Or, Black Taffy and Joshua Asante are bringing their hazy, hypnotic music to White Water Tavern. Little Rock sludgy swamp rock band Or makes the kind of droning, dark electronic tunes that feel like the ideal soundtrack for a nihilistic movie about youth surviving against all odds in a post-apocalyptic hellscape. The five tracks on Or’s 2018 album “II” build on each other to make the last song, “Big Fog,” a slowly simmering treat. Dallas-based composer Donovan Jones creates a different sort of moody ambience as Black Taffy. The artist’s 2019 album, “Elder Mantis,” is a chopped-and-screwed dream of a night-driving experience. As Black Taffy, Jones really understands the power of an expertly wielded Vibraphone, and combined with looping melodies and grounding percussion, he’s created a deliciously smoky, fluffy and endlessly listenable delight of an album in “Elder Mantis.” Multi-talented Little Rock artist Joshua Asante will also be performing his electronic soul with a honeyed voice and stunning lyrics. His track “Lilith In Light Years,” released in February, is an ode to his blackness, and to mothers across space and time. With all three artists under the dimly lit, cozy roof of White Water Tavern, the evening’s aura will be palpable from miles away. 


September 1, 2019
1:00 am - 3:00 am
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