Wake Child began with a couple of friends playing music. Danny Silberstein and Terrell Hines were helping Austin Max rehearse for a class performance he had the following day. All three attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Danny, a singer-songwriter in the Laurel Canyon mold, had just released a solo EP titled Static Noise and Other Miscellaneous Sounds. He wanted to collaborate with Austin Max, a Tennessee native. Austin is the rare guitar virtuoso who plays off-the-cuff, never totally content with a written or unwritten riff. They had invited Terrell Hines to help them practice for Austin’s class performance the next day. Terrell is a former gospel drummer with a core of technical knowledge that expands as he plays, into the realm of his stylistic influences: psychedelic jazz and modern trap.
Austin and Danny started to play their song’s intro, lightly strumming their guitars. When it came time for Terrell to jump in, he played a sixteenth-triplet trap rhythm, providing a propulsive backbeat and transforming the song. Austin kept playing, but Danny couldn’t keep up, laughing in amazement and putting down his guitar. He was blown away by the feeling and the sound of the band dynamic he could already vividly envision.
It took a few months to convince the others, but Danny knew right away; this was a band and this band would be named Wake Child. As a trio, Wake Child synthesizes the hometowns of California, Georgia and Tennessee into a melting pot of Psych/R&B brilliance.
The track was recorded live in the remains of an old Masonic Temple in Boston, MA. The temple's mystical aura helped the band infuse "Hangup Blues" with a sense of isolation and magic, as the song's outro explodes in a psychedelic mist of lovelorn confusion.
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.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.