When: Sat., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. 2014
Profligate, the solo outlet of Noah Anthony, alternates largely between icy minimalism and industrial techno clamor. The listening pleasure of his 2012 album, Come Follow Me, largely springs from how Anthony conflates the two while also incorporating disarming pop elements. The album opens with “Vixen,” a twelve-inch-length, vocal-hook-laden track that denies the anticipated dance section. “Suppression” is a memorable, minimal synth composition hinged upon little more than what sound like light breathing and water droplets echoing someplace very dark, still, and unhappy. Choked keyboard squeals break up heavy synth slabs and punishing low-end on the aptly titled “Barrier Earth,” which is the closest thing to the sort of bleak techno that Anthony will bring to Oakland at Riddim (581 5th St.) on Saturday. Encapsulate, another solo electric act tied to the eclectic Ascetic House collective in Arizona, shares top billing, along with DJ sets from the people usually found at high-quality, goth-inclined techno and noise events in the Bay.