I have historically associated Big Gigantic with those of my friends who do a lot of molly. But I listened to the electronic duo’s new album, Brighter Future, in its entirety while sitting at a desk and not doing any drugs (the Indy newsroom isn’t as lit as you might think), and it was pretty damn fun.
Big Gigantic may play plenty of festivals, but the duo isn’t just hanging around to push a button and cue the bass drop. Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken bring in serious skills on live horns and drums (Lalli, a saxophonist, has a master’s degree in jazz!). While there are enough synth basslines to keep the EDM-heads happy, Brighter Future is undeniably musical and littered with interesting guests.
“The Little Things,” the group’s first single from the album, features Scottish singer-songwriter Angela McCluskey—who’s pretty awesome in her own right, by the way. She sets the tone for an album that leans heavily on soulful contributions by female vocalists, including Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman, who lend vocal character to Big Gigantic’s upbeat fare. And just in case you were thinking you had this album all figured out, Wacka Flocka Flame, Pell and Logic also make appearances to set you straight.
Big Gigantic plays the Wilma Thu., Dec. 7. Doors at 7 PM, show at 8 PM. $28/$25 advance.