Joe Kenyon is a writer and musician from the Chemical Coast, Linden, New Jersey. After spending eight years in space as captain of an instrumental rock spaceship called Ruined Machines, Joe is now back to Earth, piecing together a life record, song by song. Here's another nostalgic, playful piece to the puzzle: "Seeing Stars, Circa 1999".
One song, and a piece to a huge instrumental puzzle called 'Peace Talks'.
"Seeing Stars, Circa 1999" is part of a record now four years in the making; Still in the middle of being diligently crafted. When it's complete, it will hopefully serve as the perfect companion to nights at home alone.
This cosmic journey began life springing from the fretboard of bassist Drew Cranford, whose layered chords, agile arpeggios, and fluid tapping anchors the musical foundation of the project. Starting as a solo artist, Drew's writing focuses on complex riffs and technically demanding performances which produce a unique style of bass playing that challenges the understanding of the role of the instrument itself. Eventually Drew crossed paths with fellow Georgia Tech student Jeff Harrison. An experienced drummer, and somewhat pursuer of good tunes, Jeff instantly connected with Drew’s melodic-centric bass riffs and thus a rhythmic foundation was laid. Over time the duo honed material together, practicing for hours in the basement of a house in Atlanta until eventually the two approached Steve Bledsoe to lead the charge on guitar. A past bandmate and friend of Jeff's, Steve would bring a unique sound to the group, blending classic guitar styles with a more modern, melody focused, vibe.
The three soon coalesced into a well-oiled musical unit, gigging locally around the Atlanta music scene, all the while working out the kinks for the songs that would become the self-published 'Peripheral Sounds' EP. Recorded in whatever spare time the group could afford, the EP served as an early sonic blueprint for the future iteration of Cosmic Carpool. Regrettably, college graduation and subsequent geographic separation became too much to gainfully surmount, and the group amicably parted ways for an indefinite period of time. The members pursued various other musical endeavors, with Jeff and Steve eventually touring together again in a different group. The three remained close friends, however, and would occasionally jam as Cosmic Carpool for a bedroom audience.
Years later, with the disbanding of his touring act, Jeff began experimenting with synthesizers and DAWs developing a deeper understanding of not only music itself, but the underlying technology behind the sounds. Eager to pursue this new passion, Jeff set off to reunite with Cranford and Bledsoe, reinventing Cosmic Carpool into a genre-bending, electronic 'space' rock trio. The group, reinvigorated with fresh songs from Drew's catalog and the sonic possibilities of modern synthesizers, began an intense rehearsal schedule to flesh out what would become 'Horizon'. With Jeff at the console and taking nearly a full year and a half to complete, the resulting LP is a testament to perseverance, and the payoff is huge. The entire record is a joy to listen to from start to finish, and while the songs certainly stand on their own right, the true power of ‘Horizon’ is best appreciated as an entire package.
Transporting listeners through time and space by way of intricate arrangements, bruisingly heavy riffs, and soaring electronic melodies, Cosmic Carpool is a sonic force quite unlike anything you've heard before. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, the genre-bending trio crafts a unique amalgam of rock, electronic, metal, ambient, and dance into something that is far greater than the sum of the parts. Every note is intentional, every passage designed for maximum feeling. Written by Drew Cranford (bass) and Produced by Jeff Harrison (drums/keys/synths), with Performances by Steve Bledsoe (guitar/mandolin), Cosmic Carpool’s debut full length LP 'Horizon' is an ethereal journey whose cadence is perfectly timed from beginning to end.
Hello from the Children of Planet Earth - 02:03 info Horizon - 06:09 info Big Blue Beast - 07:20 info Arise - 03:25 info Beyond 2D - 08:08 info Interlude - 01:27 info Phantom Funk - 02:27 info Nintendose - 09:23 info Reprise - 07:17 info Looper - 04:38 info Metal - 08:27 info
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