Drip Lines: A(nother) Failed Attempt at Closure

A(nother) Failed Attempt at Closure by Drip Lines touches on the realm of symbology, in an aesthetic and psychological level.

Everything we do can be symbolic. For instance, pouring yourself a cup of tea while listening to Gregorian chants before sunrise can be a symbol of welcoming spirituality in your work. Or having that moment of silence is symbolic of purifying your sphere so that creativity can enter. So is undressing. Which is the center of this video by Electronic indie pop band Drip Lines. It has an interesting background:

Jake O'Neal a.k.a. Drip Lines

Jake O’Neal a.k.a. Drip Lines

The video, originally silent, was created by Megan St. Clair as part of her BFA thesis at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2014. The description read: if an act of undressing a new lover creates a beginning, does the act of dressing an obsolete lover create closure?

The piece inspired Drip Lines to compose a work of the same title which ultimately led to the concept and creation of his debut EP “Evolution of a Love”. As an artistic experiment, the two pieces were later combined.

So what do I think about the music? I like it. It’s in the style of bands I listened to when I was exploring alternative music in the 90s. I love the atmospheric style. The layered vocals and space guitar style work well. The drums sound as if they were recorded on a tape and played back. Actually everything sounds like they’ve been played back and recorded underwater. How did Jake O’Neal did this?

This is a kind of song I would listen to if I want to stay in my bedroom the whole day and read. Oh yeas there are moments when being in a bubble can be total bliss. The artwork for Evolution of Love is also fantastic. The psychedelic flowers remind me of the early days of the hippie counter-culture and all people want to do is believe in love and be a fruitarian. I think O’Neal has embraced a bit of these qualities, though I must say he is very much in the ‘now.’

Tunes and Artists to Check Out Before 2015.

GOAT
Lost (Acoustic Version)
Mileage: Retuned
The Intelligent South
Director: Teddy Cool

The shout out for this writing goes to Justin Griffith a.k.a. GOAT(Grades of Absolute Truth). I follow his Instagram and Twitter feeds and I understand how he keeps his music community happy. Apart from writing and performing his music, he also teaches kids and adults to learn musical instruments, even if he doesn’t teach them to sing or rap. And what is that? Well, he has this exciting merchandising going on.

These days it is not enough to post tunes or performing live through social media. You gotta give your fans something they can use for their everyday live. And nothing is better than a cap, a shirt or a jacket-anything that’s ‘practical.’ And Griffith is so good in this. He also posts snippets of his live videos via Instagram.Instagram is a good tool in exposing your music/art/blog. Never underestimate the power of the hashtag. He reminds me a bit of Beck who jumps from one genre to another. This music video I posted represents that point.

Remember where you came from, understand where you're at, & know where you're going. #GradesOfAbsoluteTruth

Remember where you came from, understand where you’re at, & know where you’re going.
#GradesOfAbsoluteTruth

So who are the musicians backing Griffith?
They are :GOAT(Griffith) – Lead Vocals/Guitar, Double J – Producer/Keys/Backup Vocals, Christian Sly – Guitar/Backup Vocals, Graham Impey – Bass Guitar, James Bownds – Drums/Percussion/Backup Vocals, Lourdes Mabel – Backup Vocals. His inspirations  are  singer/songwriters, conscious hip hop, rock, blues, (and soul while combining the depth of an introverted poet), the precision of a perfectionist, and the relevance of a leader. He was included in the Top 10 Artists in DFW by LIT Monthly.

He has an impressive array of performances having  opened for Everlast, Bubba Sparxxx, Shwayze, Paul Wall, Jon Connor, King Los, Devin the Dude, Snow Tha Product, Mac Lethal, Ceschi, Mr. Dibbs, & more. He can also perform as an acoustic act, duo, trio, or with a 6-piece band. See how versatile this artist is? He exudes an amiable vibe. You can just tell it not just from his social media posts but through his charisma on stage. So yes this is a shout out to this awesome guy and I am sure other artists out there can learn from his tireless way of getting his music out there.

http://GradesOfAbsoluteTruth.com/

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The holiday spirit is about keeping warm while taking that time to reflect on what was before and what will be. The songs of Michael Stovall is very proper for the atmosphere. I know people are out there busy with their preparations. Singer/songwriters have to put their craft aside to make way for family gatherings. There are those who have lost loved ones and this Christmas was awfully sad.
Goodbye & Goodluck is for all of you sad ones. It’s because no matter how hard we try, this world is not a perfect place. And though life is beautiful, life can also be painful. It’s these little things or bigger things that make us human. And this tune is so beautiful I feel my soul calmed after listening.
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Passion is unpredictable. Passion makes us prolific. JP Kallio is prolific this year. He has released more than one album and wrote many songs. I know some of them are yet to see the light of day. Apart from performing and writing songs, he is busy with his music blog. He writes quality articles that merit discussion. I think when you are an artist, you just gotta ride the wave when it comes. Because there will always be moments when inspiration is hard to squeeze. It speaks for me as a blogger. There are days where I feel like I want to write something but there is nothing there to write about. There are many tunes worth covering but my brain is dried up or on something else. I am distracted. So when the impulse happens, I grab my Mac and type away in case the muse escapes again!
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Wooah! Check this tune out! It’s a repost from an electronic musician that I follow, his name is Ben Landis. I am sure you people from the gaming community is familiar with his works. Anyway this tune is not from Landis but from a group called Enhanced. They are from the UK and they have more than 22,000 followers via Soundclound. This is a dance track that has the winter chills going all over your body when you listen to the melody. And yes the title is called Wintertide. I am following this group now.
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Mary Fahl is my muse.
About the video:

Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter, written by Mary Fahl, former lead singer of October Project, along with John Lissauer for the audiobook version of Anne Rice’s new novel, The Wolves of Midwinter, which will be released Oct. 15, 2013.

Available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.com. Shot and edited by Kate Bennis, http://www.katebennis.com.

Mary Fahl on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-F…

Mary Fahl on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryFahlMusic

Mary Fahl website: http://maryfahl.com

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Lastly, don’t forget to follow this amazing Irish singer/songwriter, Peter Chains. I like his voice. It has got that Peter Steele kind of deep but with the soothing style of Leonard Cohen, Anyway, you be the judge. If you think Hozier is amazing, I am sure you will find his singing mind-blowing.

Cool Song-Better Place by Anders Biegel

Here is a a feel good song  from a singer/songwriter based in Denmark. I discovered him through Instagram and found out he has a song playing in Spotify. I like his voice. It’s strong, distinctive and clear. Regarding the tune, it’s filled with high keys and pulsing melodies that come in and out of the stanzas. They swirl and bumped against each other during the chorus-beautiful sounds.
“Take me to a better place,
Up to the light for a change.”
His songwriting is sincere and they reflect what he does in life. He is a runner with a website dedicated to fitness and well-being. I think this is brilliant as the music scene is already saturated with angst-ridden artist. I don’t classify him among the acoustic/coffee shop musicians as his sound has a richer grander style. His sound is suited to orchestras and arena-type rock music. But in place of guitars you have keyboards. He loves his acoustic guitar and brings it everywhere. https://soundcloud.com/anders-biegel
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Facts and Figures from The Marwills.
Whenever I hear a tune from Canadian rock band The Marwills, I feel like I am transported into the great era of the 70s when there was punk and funk rock. I love the lead vocals as it reminds me of what’s been missing in mainstream rock these days. And oh, it’s not just mainstream rock but all music that you could possible download in iTunes or hear on the radio. I love a powerful male voice with a terrific range and not something engineered in the studio. It looks like The Marwills are paving the way for ‘real’ music to finally come through. But I guess we will have to wait for a few years until the mainstream can catch up!
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Nouvelle Electro receive a nod from Andy Gillespie of Simple Minds
Hi, we’re delighted that Andy Gillespie, synths for Simple Minds, has listened to “Icon” today and gave the track positive feedback! -Nouvelle Electro.
This is a shout-out from Nouvelle Electro which are a dou of Paula  and Ian Henderson. They have just released a remixed of their single “Icon” which is a tribute to the late Marilyn Monroe. I think Paula has captured the sweet cooing vocals of the late thespian and, one of the delightful surprises of this song is the audio sample of Ms Monroe talking.

Avonmore by Bryan Ferry

I am listening to Avonmore which is the new album from the frontman of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry. Something happened in the course of the time I was listening. I am only halfway to the album and I can tell this is one of the best albums to ever happen in 2014. It is beautiful, advanced and electrifying. And how can you miss that voice? It’s been with us since the 70s and it shows no sign of surrendering to time. If there is something that happened to it, time only made it better. Avonmore

Of course I have my favourites like Soldier of Fortune and Driving Me Wild. I also love the title track Avonmore and the slower tunes. Ferry is a sorcerer of songs and he is dangerous because he makes you wish you can sing and write songs that way. I think the term ‘polish’ is what’s lacking in today’s young singer/songwriters. The polishing part is left to the producers or engineers. Hopefully this album will reintroduce that in the current scene.

Now that I have completed listening to the album, I have picked my favourites including the title track and the slower tunes like Soldier of Fortune. Everything was like a carnival ride from the opening track Loop De Li to the last song Johnny and Mary. Listening to an album should be, after all, a ride. It must fun! Check out his version of Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns. It’s epic.

You can buy the album via his official website: http://www.bryanferry.com/avonmore/

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My Friend Loic Rathscheck in a Commercial!

Loic Rathscheck is an electronic music composer but has also ventured in acting on the side. If you haven’t yet, please check out his website: http://www.loicrathscheck.com. You can listen to his music and watch the art videos he created. Great guy. Awesome friend!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loic-Rathscheck-Music-Page/182250058509200?fref=ts

Here’s his collaboration with English electronic singer/composer Paula:

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Speaking of Paula, here’s her project for UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund. Buy now if you haven’t yet.

Hi everyone, here is the information about the Palestinian Tatreez piece on sale to raise money for the UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund. The price is £75.00 and all money raised after framing costs will be donated. Postage and packing extra, quotes can be given. Please help spread the word and pm the MOS page or myself if you are interested. Thank you, Paula
For a good cause! Paula from Nouvelle electro has personally hand stitched four traditional Palestinian Tatreez designs combined in one professionally framed picture. The cross stitch pieces have been sewn in bright red, dark red, orange, lilac and light green on navy aida. Available for the price of £75.00 plus postage and packing (quotes can be given). The work will be sent “signed for”. All money raised after framing costs will be donated to UNRWA Relief Fund (confirmation will be provided). Thanks for your support! Please help spread the word and share!-Paula

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/ambientmomentsofsilence?fref=ts

The Palestinian Tatreez designs sewn by Paula for Moments of Silence( UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund )

 The Palestinian Tatreez designs sewn by Paula

Passion is an adventurous creature. It takes you to places. For example, I know of Paula as a musician. The knowledge that she teaches as a profession came later. Then there’s this other thing she does in her free time. She has stitches and sends them framed to friends as gifts. They’re beautiful and creations. Then, somehow she that with her music. And it is not hard to imagine now, as she has not lonely contributed a track to Moments of Silence ( A compilation album to raise money for the UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund ). She has just completed framed pieces of her works, the Palestinian Tatreez designs. The proceeds (along with her music track Feeling Free ) will go to Moments of Silence fundraising campaign.

She posted this on her Facebook page as of today: Hi everyone, here is the information about the Palestinian Tatreez piece on sale to raise money for the UNRWA Gaza Relief Fund. The price is £75.00 and all money raised after framing costs will be donated. Postage and packing extra, quotes can be given. Please help spread the word and pm the MOS page or myself if you are interested. Thank you, Paula

Pictures by Karen Gavin

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About

Moments of Silence is a diverse community of ambient music artists from around the globe whose mission is to raise funds for children affected by war.

The atrocities of Israel bombing the Gaza Strip in recent days has shocked everyone on a global scale. The death-toll is rising and many souls, including children, are falling.

“Moments of Silence” is a charity compilation organized by Brad Zacharias (Carbon Sigma) where talented ambient artists throughout the world have submitted a track to help relieve the tension of innocents affected by this Israeli strife in Gaza, though the UNRWA.

$30 FEEDS A FAMILY FOR ONE WEEK
$50 GIVES A FAMILY AN EMERGENCY HOUSEHOLD KIT
$235 PROVIDES WATER TO HUNDREDS
$1350 PAYS FOR AN EMERGENCY HEALTH KIT

For more information about the UNRWA, please visit www.unrwa.org

Families devastated by heavy shelling and violence in Gaza are in urgent need of safe drinking water and food. And as always, children are suffering most. Our aim is to help raise support for the rebuilding of schools and provide clean drinking water. With your support, every little counts. #SaveGaza #ChildrenOfGaza #UNRWA
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released 23 September 2014


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Blast from the Past: Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure!
What’s your favourite 80s track? Mine is Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure. There is something sweet and mopey about it. Well, it is kind of mopey. Great tune to start the week as you look at WORK and think of it as a four-letter word.

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Rockadelic If I Had Your Love by The Marwills.

Toronto based band The Marwills will release a new single called If I Had Your Love on November 20. Ohhh the swagger and the dripping sensuality of the song! This reminds me of those funkadelic songs from Cream and the oozing testosterone energy of Led Zeppelin  The bluesy classic rock style is definitely going to put them on the map as more and more listeners are getting tired of the same ol same ol adult alternative tunes that saturate the airwaves and the internet. And that Brett Bonnie guy has a kind of voice that can stop a traffic!It is time for a revolution. And that revolution is The Marwills.

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