In Tall Buildings

In Tall Buildings

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

In Tall Buildings is the home-recording brainchild of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall (NOMO, His Name Is Alive, Saturday Looks Good To Me). Thumping basement rhythms support lush finger-picked guitars and layered vocal harmonies to create Erik's minimal and poignant song-writing debut.


Erik Hall grew up in the center of Chicago, among sky scrapers, traffic lights, pedestrians, parks, factories, and Lake Michigan. He studied classical piano from the age of 8, played guitar in rock bands and percussion in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and studied jazz and sound recording at the University of Michigan School of Music. He is a founding member of the band NOMO and has recorded and toured with Michigan bands His Name Is Alive and Saturday Looks Good to Me.

In 2009 Erik completed work on his first batch of original songs and named the project In Tall Buildings. The self-recorded debut album was released in April of 2010 on Chicago's Whistler Records, and the Chicago Tribune immediately praised the music as being “dense, textured, [and] hypnotic.” American Songwriter magazine referred to In Tall Buildings as “the aural representation of a pleasantly scattered mind,” and The Huffington Post included In Tall Buildings on their Best of Chicago 2010 list.

Erik spent 2010 bringing In Tall Buildings to stages throughout Chicago and beyond. The live band calls upon NOMO drummer and longtime collaborator, Quin Kirchner, and Chicago bassist / composer Matt Ulery (Eastern Blok, Matt Ulery's Loom). The trio delivers an apt distillation of Erik's songs' most defining elements, and they have shared stages with NOMO, Sharon Van Etten, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Vieux Farka Touré.


Warm Rock 7"
2011, Whistler Records

In Tall Buildings (CD, LP)
2010, Whistler Records