Review for OVUM by Chronotope Project

2017-08-11 06:38:08 UTC

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Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’

‘Ovum’ “is a concept album that poetically reflects on the nature of beginnings, seeds, and primordial states of being,” Chronotope Project muses in their liner notes. The project is Allen’s attempt to explore the depths of time and space utilizing complex sonic landscapes. Surprisingly, ‘Ovum’ does this particularly well, conjuring longform instrumental pieces that are worth listening to - an impressive feat.

As with any concept album, ‘Ovum’ is best served by being listened to in its entirety. This is quite the commitment given the length, but it gives the best insight into Allen’s creation. The first track, ‘Olduvai Dreams,’ clocks in at ten minutes, making in the album’s most weighty effort. It introduces a very ethereal, mystifying sound. In this track, though, it’s also a very earthy sound. The sound is chock-full of African tribal influence, Native American flutes and percussion, and so much more.

Throughout its ten minutes, ‘Olduvai Dreams’ proves completely enthralling. The title track, on the other hand, proves less accessible, digging its heels deeply into long, drawn out synthesizer sections. The track is best served by a quality sound system due to its slight variations as time goes on, but it’s definitely more nuanced in its accessibility than its predecessor.

‘Mariposa’ is very similar to ‘Ovum,’ providing a sublime dive into angelic, soft-spoken synthesizers. Some of the instrumentation draws very thin parallels to, perhaps, Nordic influence, but by and large ‘Mariposa’ lacks the earthly qualities of ‘Olduvai Dreams.’ The track culminates into a much stronger finale than ‘Ovum’ as well, one that builds as synthesized choruses and a percussion section enter the fray in a beautiful fashion.

‘Primordial’ is a rather beautiful tune, one that harnesses soft, cricket-like sound effects over soft orchestration. It feels like a combination of ‘Olduvai Dreams’ and its familiarity and ‘Ovum’ and its otherworldly nature.

‘Epiphany,’ too, proves a fairly compelling listen, the synth-driven experience is a fascinating one. The same could likely be said for the finale, too, ‘Starry Messenger.’ It is a wonderful ending that pulls flute back into the forefront, likely to strike a contrast to the first song.

‘Ovum’ is, for the most part, a strong effort. The songs are surprisingly intriguing to listen to, which can rarely be said for ten minute instrumentals. The conceptual part of ‘Ovum’ is very subjective and abstract, but it does do a fine job exploring the dichotomy between earthly and celestial sounds. On the whole, ‘Ovum’ is a treat for experimental instrumental fans worth spending time with on a good sound system.

Track List

1. OLDUVAI DREAMS

2. 0VUM

3. MARIPOSA

4. EMANATION

5. PRIMORDIAL

6. EPIPHANY

7. STARRY MESSENGER


Genre : soundscape, ambient, contemporary, progressive

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New single Made For Me by David Versis

2017-08-10 05:32:14 UTC

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David Versis has just released his new single “Made For Me” now available via  Soundcloud.

"The intentions behind “Made For Me” was to switch between different emotions, and tempos, in a way that’s intentional and fresh. My collaborator Mikhail and I wanted to mix down tempo ‘trap’ percussion in the verses, and a more upbeat classic hip-hop swing in the chorus. It’s also a blatant appreciation for a woman’s perfection."


Genre : hip-hop, rap

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New track 2nd Wind by Bradley Palermo

2017-08-09 06:33:51 UTC

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Singer/songwriter Bradley Palermo has fronted the bands The Sudden Passion and Femme Fatality for the past 15 years. His solo work is equal parts indie folk and Americana. A fan at a recent show described his sound as “Hank 3 meets Bright Eyes,” which is right on the money with his strongest influences. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Bradley is currently based in Los Angeles.

Lie in the Sound blog wrote, “I usually fall for distinctive vocals.... Bradley Palermo’s voice got my heart within seconds.” His lyrics are no less heartbreaking than his vocals—autobiographical, alcohol-soaked tales of bar fights, arrest warrants, and failing at love. It’s what you might expect from a guy who has spent the majority of his life playing smoke-filled dive bars across the country. He manages to put a poetic spin on even the lowliest events. As Incognito Magazine put it, Bradley “shows some wordplay that would make Bob Dylan proud.”

As The Sudden Passion, he released two full-length albums (one on vinyl), an EP, a few singles, and a collection of demos. From time to time his music appears in unlikely places such as NBC’s The Voice, The CW’s 90210, and UFC’s Ultimate Insider. Lately Bradley has focused on his solo work, performing live as a one-man show with his guitar, harmonicas, and a ukulele. Bradley is currently recording new music and performing shows in various regions of the US.

Tour dates

08/17 San Francisco, CA - Neck Of The Woods (facebook event)

08/18 Victorville, CA - Kennedy's Pub (facebook event)

08/19 Las Vegas, NV - House Show (facebook event)

08/20 Los Angeles, CA - The King Eddy (facebook event)

09/06 St. Louis, MO - Foam (facebook event)

09/07 Chicago, IL - House Show (facebook event)

10/08 Portland, OR - Analog Cafe & Theater (facebook event)

10/09 Seattle, WA - Substation (facebook event)

10/26 Oceanside, CA - Pour House (details TBA)

11/16 Tucson, AZ - Illegal Petes (details TBA)

11/17 Slab City, CA - The Range (details TBA)

11/19 Scottsdale, AZ - Rogue Bar (details TBA)

11/20 Flagstaff, AZ- The Green Room (details TBA)

11/21 Salt Lake City, UT - TBA


Genre : country, americana, folk, acoustic, punk, rock, harmonica, indie

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New single Sonder by JAKE GUSTO

2017-08-09 06:00:12 UTC

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"Sonder" is the cost of chasing a dream.

I release "Sonder" at midnight on my one year anniversary in Los Angeles, CA – a year that has been so painfully transformative I'm not sure I can elucidate much greater than this song.

"Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root:

pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance; it means

to suffer." -Mark Danielewski

I wrote "Sonder" at rock bottom. The mental plight that accompanies the pursuit of passion can be as equally destructive as it is fulfilling.

An individual's purpose (and moreover, turmoil) is as unique as the genetic code from which it is extracted. As I pondered this, a sense of morose engulfed me. I will never fully understand anyone's motives, dreams, desires, reasoning – as they forever exist in a foreign realm.

This notion awoke a sense of self-awareness.

I am only myself. I am the keeper of my fortune. I have the power to respond to doubt, fear, rejection, and failure on my own accord.

So I did. As much as "Sonder" is about agonizing turbulence, its fruition reveals a light in the dark."

JAKE GUSTO


Genre : hip-hop, rap

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New track When I Was Young by The Pulltops

2017-08-04 05:33:53 UTC

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The Pulltops are a Milwaukee-based power-pop trio with a singing drummer. Their music is best described as energetic album-rock meets power-pop delivered with a punk edge. The trio formed in Milwaukee in 2002 with the release of their first and more upbeat power-pop focused release, “8-Track”. Since then, they have added in classic-rock elements along with instrumental experimentation, resulting in a mix of hooks and moody rock. The band is primarily comprised of guitarist Tom Crowell and drummer/vocalist Mark Pierret. Bassist Steve Kerwin is a frequent presence when performing live.

"When I Was Young” is the straight-forward rock track on The Pulltops' new EP, “By Accident or Design”. Lyrically the songs takes a look at past mistakes filled with regret, yet also clings to a glimmer of hope for a chance to move forward. All of this is accented by a mix of powerful guitars, alternating vocal leads, and a searing guitar solo over a power-house rhythm section that move the lyrics along.


Genre : rock

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