Natural Information Society sounds intangible, simultaneously relaxing and energetic. The band led by Joshua Abrams combines traditional and electric instruments to create innovative music, drawing from minimalism, jazz, krautrock and more. Abrams regularly incorporates the hypnotic tones of the guimbri, the three-stringed bass and percussion instrument from West-African gnawa music. Joshua Abrams began his career in the now world famous hip-hop band The Roots, before he moved from his native Philadelphia to Chicago, where he became an in-demand double bassist with band leaders as diverse as Nicole Mitchell, Fred Anderson and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. He formed Town & Country with Matana Roberts and Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground), and since 2010 he leads National Information Society. Albums by the band reached the top of the annual best-of-year lists of, among others, Pichfork and The Wire. ‘It’s patient, layered music that’s always heading somewhere, sometimes spare and sometimes complex and shimmering’ (New York Times).