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 a high school rock band 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 groups His Name Is Alive and Saturday Looks Good to Me.
In late-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 album began to spread over the national radio airwaves, appearing at #158 on the CMJ Radio 200.
Erik's music is honest and organic, informed as much by 20th-century minimalism as it is by 1970s rock and roll. He uses off-color studio experimentation to compliment quintessential rock and folk instrumentation of guitars, keyboards, percussion, and vocal harmonies. The resulting musical fabric is lush and layered - though always anchored in simplicity.
Visit Erik Hall's Vimeo Channel to watch video demo reels of his work.