After the Storm is the beginning of Creativity for J.P. Kallio

Every time singer/songwriter J.P. Kallio mentions that he has a new album out, I am always excited about it. I will explain the reasons why. First, I knew of his talent from his two bands and I know he is prolific. You have would probably agree with me that we are so damn lazy sometimes to get off our coaches and do something out there that can affect other people in a positive way. Yes we know we can do it because we have creativity but, motivation is not there. And J.P. is immuned to this creative laziness. Just look at his website and you will know what I mean.afterthestormalbumcover

He is also a blogger. That’s the second thing. In fact he is more productive than I am. I am amaze at the amount of ideas he can come up in a week. And on top of these crazy stuff, he also tours with his band. Really crazy eh? He is a staunch advocate of coffee in the morning. I guess I need to trust that coffee can make the world beautiful!

He is a musician’s friend. He is not bothered to share his craft and the tips that can go a long way. Now that his new album is out let me tell you what it is. It has twelve songs. The title is After The Storm. Which becomes clear when you finish listening to the twelve songs. These are acoustic tracks recorded with guitar and other instruments. The general feeling is that of being inside a coffee house. The songs vary from laid back, relaxing ballads to faster ones with provocative themes. For example Fool is a song about the perils of alcoholism but written in a humorous way.

If you love Dylan then you will love the title track. It has that amazing guitar playing which I haven’t heard in like ages. Still others are interesting on both the lyrical and musical aspects. Mama Was Right is heartwarming as a freshly baked muffin. So take your pick now and listen to the intelligence that flows in every song. And yes you will feel his big heart that knows how to love creativity.

You can buy the album from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/after-the-storm/id977288011

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.

Album Review: Empirico by Whodoes

Plus: J.P. Kallio, 10 Awful Things About British Festivals That Should Take A Hike and Pierre Masse

Seasons have a way of influencing how we listen to music. The gloomy months bring out that introspective spirit in all of us. I’ve always have this special interest in contemporary instrumental music. It is another genre which I did not ‘force’ myself to appreciate. It came naturally. With music it is both an emotional and mental experience for me. Emotional in a sense that there are tunes that can ‘transport’ me to another place. There are lyrics that make me bawl like a baby. And I am sure this is something I share with musicians. After all, who else knows the secret places inside a tune than the creator of it- the artist?

When Vasilis Chountas a.k.a. Whodoes told me that a new album is out, I got excited because I remember the beautiful experience I had with Dolphins in the Sky. Empirico has nine tracks with varying moods. Everything about it sounds sci fi and a progression of his minimalistic style which he cultivates with Dolphins in the Sky. Would you believe that his main instrument is just the electric guitar? Everything around it was build by the sounds created by that single instrument. Empirico is for fans of soundtrack, ambient, ethnic, experimental and post-rock music. There is also an unmistakable Greek element in the a0642189950_2melodies as Chountas is from Greece.

Emprico opens with pulsing sounds as if these are transmission from outer space. There is a sense of urgency underneath the calm rhythmic style. T harkens back to the early days of ambient music created by Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream.

One of my favorite tunes is Memories which is also the carrier single. It has that chill out beats and cinematic feel that could be one of those tunes you hear in a suspense/mystery TV series during the opening credits. I love its gradual style and abstract melodic style. Rain is falling hard outside while I am writing this review and I feel like I am swimming in the seas of pleasant music. All those pulsing, underwater life pulsing around me in the form of notes and beats.

There are other great tracks from this wonderful album including Street Romance, Room Alone and the drum-heavy That Night which reminds me of Portishead. Similar track Lost follows with industrial beats and melodies yearning for a resolution.

If you like Vangelis and other artists I mentioned in this review then you will pick up Empirico.

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Today’s Featured Artist Blog: J.P. Kallio:

I love reading what artists have to say. That is why I often visit their blogs. If I don’t get to read anything from their website then I go ahead and ask them for an interview. My passion for knowing how an artistic mind works can be traced back to my childhood when I destroyed automatic watches trying to know how the cogs and wheels inside work. Don’t worry I won’t do the same thing to your heads physically 😉

http://jpkalliomusic.blogspot.co.uk/

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Meanwhile in other music-related news:

10 Awful Things About British Festivals That Should Take A Hike:

I got this link from NME.Do you agree? What do you think?

http://www.nme.com/blogs/festivals-blog/10-awful-things-about-british-festivals-that-should-take-a-hike

And lastly, a blast from the past:

14 Questions with Pierre Masse

Here is a memorable interview with the young and talented Pierre Masse Posted on September 9, 2010.

https://spheremusic.me/2010/09/09/14-questions-with-pierre-masse/

Have a great weekend friends!

Back Home by J.P. Kallio and the inspiring coffee Instagram

New album coming out soon.

J.P. Kallio is releasing his new album “Read Between the Lines” soon. I see it as a progression from his Northern Boy album. You can still expect crystal clear recordings and straight forward songwriting which are part of his style as a solo artist.

Back Home is a teaser for more goodness to come. It is a smooth acoustic track with alternative folk rock flavor. I know artists who complain about lack of inspiration. Or lack of time to put materials together. These issues don’t seem to hamper J.P. Kallio in any way. You should follow him on Instagram. I enjoy his coffee posts.

The Making of Northern Boy

J.P. Kallio

J.P. Kallio

I love reading the blog of singer/songwriter JP Kallio. His insights are lucid. They also define him as an artist. He came from Finland. Now he is the lead man of Dublin based Celtic rock group Sliotar. Aside from that he has a side project called Boneyard Bastards. The music is more punk rock.

Kallio is putting up songs on his soundcloud page. They will be in the upcoming album Northern Boy (Out March 14).  This guy has a remarkable vocal range. His lyrics are introspective and cover a great range of subjects.

His influences include Americana, Punk, Folk, world music. Quite diverse.

Another thing that takes his time is  Photography. He is mostly on the road with his band but when at home, Cooking is also one of his passions. But he balances it out with his love for fitness and living the life to the fullest.

As of this writing I am listening to It Ain’t Easy which is the first track he recorded for the series. It’ s about changes in relationships and fears as we go through life. The sound is superb. I think I can even hear the surface if the sound. An interview is on the way so if you check from time to time you will get the latest update from the making of Northern Boy.