Tuesday 16 April 2024

Songbook by Adam Simons

 



A captivating journey through the meandering paths of life, set to a backdrop of relaxed melodies Songbook by musician Adam Simons is like a page from a storybook, weaving tales of adventure, self-discovery, unrequited love and the beauty of a simple life.

 

From the dreamy guitar riffs to the provocative and soothing vocals, every aspect of Songbook invites listeners to embark on a musical voyage. The album opens with “Out on the Weekend” a gentle reminder of the fleeting nature of time and the importance of embracing the present moment.

 

“Into The Mystic” is set against a backdrop of acoustic guitar strums and gentle harmonies with the song telling a tale of simple moments and heartfelt connections.

 

 “Blues Run the Game” paints a vivid picture of how the blues can haunt you no matter where you roam. The lyrics speak to the common experience of feeling lost and alone anywhere, the inescapable blues being a constant reminder of life's trials and tribulations.  A haunting ballad with somber strings 

 

“Dead Flowers” explores memories of love and features poignant lyrics with the soulful accompanying vocals of Austin Plaine.  

 

Breathing new life into Bruce Springsteen’s classic “I’m on Fire” Adam Simon’s strips the song down to its raw essence with delicate guitar work and haunting vocals.  There is an intimate atmosphere drawing the listener into the depths of the song.  The interpretation infuses the track with a sense of vulnerability and longing, adding a fresh perspective to the familiar lyrics.  

 

“Friend of the Devil” delves into the turbulent life of a scoundrel on the run, weaving a tale of deceit, love, and inevitable downfall.   Evocative lamenting vocals explore reckless choices and the consequences they result in.  The song considers charm and charisma as well as inner turmoil and regret against the melancholy of a man grappling with his own demons.  

 

“Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright) featuring Reeve Power, reverberates with raw emotion as it delves into the complexities of a relationship, where one partner’s apathy becomes the catalyst for the other to leave. Heartfelt lyrics and haunting melodies underscore the bittersweet journey of letting go.  

 

The cover of “Fire and Rain”, while paying homage to the original James Taylor version, infuses the song witha fresh, contemporary sensibility. It's a soul-stirring rendition that showcases the timeless appeal of James Taylor's songwriting while offering a unique interpretation that stands on its own merits.

 

“Tomorrow is a Long Time” is a compelling ode to the human heart's deepest desires, reminding listeners of the transformative power of love and the profound sense of completeness it brings. With its alluring melody and emotive lyrics, this soul-stirring ballad is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever longed for true love.

 

With gentle instrumentation “These Days” the final track on Songbook, mirrors the ebb and flow of hope, evoking a sense of longing and determination. With acoustic melodies and mesmerising vocals the track paints a vivid picture of someone navigating through adversity with an unwavering sense of optimism. 

 

One of the highlights of the album is its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia while simultaneously celebrating the unknown. Songbook seamlessly blends melancholy with hope, creating a poignant soundtrack to life. 

 

Overall, Songbook is a masterfully crafted album that captures the essence of wanderlust and the beauty of embracing the mysteries of life. Whether you're embarking on a physical journey or simply seeking solace in music, this album is the perfect companion for the wandering soul.




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YouTubehttps://music.youtube.com/channel/UCP47nSbyvKuaAWu0n9s5yQw?si=gGRm_kcCETyDcvPg


Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/adamsimons?igsh=MXh2ODlzZ2lkMnJxbw==

 

Monday 11 March 2024

Dom Louis

 


For Canadian Indie Folk musician Dom Louis growing up in Southern Ontario played a part in his love for the genre.  “This genre always spoke to my soul, I always felt some connection to Bob Dylan, Neil Young. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door will still stop me in my tracks to this day. “I suppose a lot of that music came from Ontario, the midwest hillbilly sound - Duluth Minnesota is actually closer than I realized.” Dom explains. 

With a very early passion for music, in grade five Dom didn’t make the school soccer team so he started to take his guitar to school to play at lunch time.  He says “Not many kids could play an instrument yet so it was still quite a novelty, even some of the Gr.6 guys thought it was pretty cool that I could play a Red-Hot Chili Peppers song. So, I started writing my own songs immediately and I would perform them anywhere from Arts Centres to the annual County Fair.”  

Leaving high school early to pursue his passion for music Dom started playing on street corners and in bars making his way from Toronto to Nashville.  On the way he recorded music with new musicians he met along the way.  Of these times Dom says “Mostly they were playing empty rooms or failed attempts at recording sessions for years and years and years. I think that has informed my gratitude towards anybody taking an interest in the songs I write, and certainly built up my tolerance of my relationship with myself through it all. At the end of the day that’s the person I struggle with whether there are 10 people or 1000 in the audience.”

Over the years Dom has had a number of influences on the music he creates including Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Bon Iver.  He admits that in his earlier days “I was always stealing tricks along the way. If I learned to put the 4 chord over top of the 5 chord from a Carole King song, I would implement that into whatever I was working on.”  With the realisation at eighteen that he felt his voice didn’t suit Pop/RnB Dom began to experiment with voices he felt were more like his own including the vocals of the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

Initially playing the guitar from around 2002 because guitar bands were still the most predominant his love for Coldplay encouraged him to also play the piano.  Dom explains “We had a piano in the house so naturally I learned some of those songs. The two instruments kind of complimented my learning and being self-taught I could slowly transfer the chords from one to the other.”

Dom has always written songs and the process has always been a mystifying one to him. He admits “I’ve never pinpointed how to go about doing it, writing a song, and I’ve really struggled with being too conscious of it, either from a business or artistic standpoint.” Dom believes that the songwriting process doesn’t necessarily have to be observed but instead is one he comes at personally with love and honesty.  He humbly says about his song writing “I don’t feel I’m any good at it to be honest but what I lack in skill I think I make up for in passion and excitement.”  In order to stay creative and inspired Dom has to create a balance between “needing to keep picking up the guitar and putting the pen to paper.” He also believes that he needs “to be physically active and do things entirely not cerebral, just for my health and sanity if nothing else.”

Dom has been extremely involved in creating his own aesthetic as a musician.  “Well, I suppose initially its happenstance, the aesthetic, just doing what you feel, the age old cliche of “be yourself”.   Being an independent musician Dom has been involved in every aspect of his music including “editing my own music videos and making posters and producing my own recordings.”  Dom believes that the lyric of his songs are also very much a part of his aesthetic.   Although he says at times it can be intimidating and daunting, he feels ultimately “it’s a balance between being an artist and taking seriously your relationship with people who are going to give you and your music a chance.”

Dom engages with his fans firstly through his music.  His music is how he most naturally is able to connect with his outer and inner worlds.  For Dom music is less stressful than other aspects of life.  He also works on connection with his audience by trying to “message every person who listens to my music and even if from a distance or through a song, I think we are in some capacity involved in each other's lives, and I think that is of far greater importance than the pragmatic implications of a “music career”.

Despite having originally hated live performances because Dom felt “they are never perfect and never what you envision, and I used to live in that place, infinite perfectionism and escapism” he realised that this attitude was not conducive to his music.  He has now developed a healthier attitude towards live performances and says “I love them now for precisely that - they are just human and they happen quickly before you have time to process and make a judgement and I enjoy the communal ceremony aspect with everybody.”

Currently Dom is working on his second full length project, which has the working title “Life In The Making.”  He is trying to be open and not only share the process but really enjoy it.  He says of the project “There are songs from a decade ago I need to put down and address, much like versions of myself I need to give a hug and then put to rest. It might be chaotic or messy but it’s unfolding, much like the way life unfolds before we’re ready for it.”

 In the future Dom hopes to keep building the live performances and create a set that has the capacity to be what he describes as “larger than life and exciting”, while continuing to incorporate the raw materials of indie folk that had its beginnings on county fair stages. 

To those new to his music Dom says of his music “I would say that it is honest, that if there ever was a song I didn’t believe in I didn’t finish it, and that maybe if I’ve done my part then there just might be a thing or two they can relate to and find some refuge in listening. Thank you so much for tuning in.”



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Webpage: https://www.domlouis.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/domlouismusic?mibextid=JRoKGi

YouTube: https://youtube.com/@domlouis?si=uVd9PEO0sH_SfkzX

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/domlouismusic?igsh=MWIzYzM4Y2JjNGIxMA==

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/13vGPMHjEc5xzTS1utb4Ph?si=nZ0Msm44QAejVbJlmbLxTQ

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/au/artist/dom-louis/1451314392






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 13 February 2024

Torulf’s Ek Rið


 


When asked about his new track Ek Rið Nordic Tribal musician Torulf says “
“Being part of a concept album - and thus part of a larger story - Ek Ríð is a chapter in the album Ristningar i Ginnungagap. It is the second song in the album and the main inspiration for the song is therefore the same as the album which is journeying to the realm of Ginnungagap of ancient Scandinavian lore.  Ek Ríð is at the beginning of that journey - riding towards something not yet experienced, in this case Ginnungagap. The excitement, the thrill, and anxiety all gather as the rider is moving towards his goal. With this song, I want to convey themes of courage, adventure, and heading forward in a mission to reach somewhere you haven’t been before.”

 

From the very first notes of Torulf’s song Ek Ríð from the album Ristningar i Ginnungagap, there is a sense of anticipation, mirroring the excitement and thrill of embarking on a journey into the unknown. The pounding rhythms and primal chants capture the essence of a rider setting forth on a quest, his heart beating with a mix of exhilaration and trepidation. Amidst the pulsating energy of the music there is a subtle undercurrent of anxiety that is just a reminder of the uncertainties that are faced when journeying through unfamiliar terrain towards an unknown place. Balancing beautifully between excitement and apprehension the mesmerizing and enchanting melodies have a primal resonance to anyone that has been allured by distant shores and the call of the wild.





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Bandcamp : https://torulf.bandcamp.com/


YouTube : https://youtu.be/iG6R2CqLjZs?si=pIqlYxA1s9SO2Rbe


Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/track/1E72az8c0OzoyXvwvAPZgW?si=l4xVQKUDROewmB5WtraH5A&context=spotify%3Aartist%3A2shX5mDyRCdkw5QRuKwweY

 

 

 

Torulf

 



Remembering the exact moment when he was enchanted by and attracted to the genre of Nordic Tribal music, musician Torulf explains “It was in 2014 when I was in University, studying sound and music production. One day, my teacher entered the lecture room with an odd looking instrument.” The instrument was a Hurdy-Gurdy. Torulf describes the sound of the instrument as having a “raw, acoustic, drone-like sound.”   Torulf found that the sound of the Hurdy-Gurdy was “filling a void” in his life that he didn’t even realize he was seeking to fill musically. Having previously explored numerous musical genres including Space Ambient, Future Beats and Electronica music sampled with Asian ethnic instruments it was this serendipitous introduction to Nordic Folk with a modern twist that served as the inspiration that Torulf needed to embark on a different musical journey.

Torulf’s University of Sweden lecturer showcased the Hurdy-Gurdy and the fact that he had been playing the instrument in a band called Hedningarna since the 1980s. The band Hedningarna created music that Torulf describes as merging “modern technology and traditional instruments whilst rooted in Nordic folklore”. This introduction to the music of Hedningarna by one of the band members resulted in a shift in Torulf’s musical trajectory and he says put him on “a path that is rooted in my heritage which was evidently needed in my life at the time”. Torulf describes Hedningarna as “the biggest musical influence” and he believes “their idea of weaving traditional Nordic Folk music with looping, pedals and other modern technology is genius to me”. This revelation began Torulf’s extraordinary musical odyssey.

When approaching songwriting Torulf uses storytelling. He explains “First and foremost I am creating concept albums which means that every album is a story, and every song is a chapter in that story.” Incorporating his own experiences through the lense of his Nordic heritage, Torulf ensures that “the setting in which this story takes place may be illusive, metaphysical, and open to interpretation - however each song I write and each album I create has a real-life foundation to them.”   Torulf is adamant that “each album - and every song - is intended to bring the listener on a journey that is flowing forward and in coherence to the story/theme I am telling”.

Having always been into musical effects both digital and analog, Torulf experiments with various combinations of effects throughout the songwriting process. Although he has respect for acoustic purists when it comes to his song writing, Torulf is not a purist, but instead blends digital and acoustic instruments. Torulf cleverly finds a balance and uses the tools that he has to create music that expresses his story. He explains “the effects I use are building an atmosphere - a mood and/or a frame - in which the story and leading instruments can take place”. Torulf incorporates many instruments into his music, and he says “as of now my main acoustic instruments to create my sound are Tagelharpa, Bodhran and percussives. My Tagelharpa has a pick-up mic installed so I can directly plug it in to pedals and my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)”.  His use of the Bodhran is utilized by Torulf to bring “an acoustic element and texture to sampled or electronic drums, thus making a mix of digital and recorded drums. This is also true for percussion, where I blend recorded bones, shakers, and more, with sampled and digital percussion”.







Torulf admits to have been inspired by pivotal moments in his life for both his albums Västerled (2018) and Ristningar I Ginnungagap (2024).  He has explored such themes as awakening, adventure, struggle and rebirth in his music. He explains “moments and experiences inspire me deeply and I convey them in the theme of Nordic heathen beliefs, heritage, and folklore because these are my beliefs, my heritage, and part of my life.”

Heavily involved in the aesthetic of his music Torulf says “I made them by drawing on paper, taking a photo with my phone, and doing the rest on a free software. Not ideal, but it was fast to learn and easily enough to produce something I was happy with”. The album covers are important to Torulf and he believes that they need to have imagery and symbolism that reflect the story of his music. Visually Torulf is inspired by personal experiences in his life, the Scandinavian bronze age petroglyphs (Swedish: hällristningar), runes, nordic nature, the sea and sea-faring.  Recently Torulf’s fiancé created the visual work and design for Ek Ríð and Ristningar i Ginnungagap, both digitally and for the physical CD. Torulf says “she did an absolutely brilliant job at that, Torulf has never looked as visually good as now thanks to her”.

With the foundations of Torulf music being what he describes as “experiences, moments and the ever-growing branches of life.” He doesn’t necessarily see himself as staying creative but more as creativity finding him. Torulf admits “I do not know the source where the creativity comes from - but when it does - I am harnessing as much as I am able. It is within my beliefs, that if creativity strikes me, I am obligated to heed it.” Torulf assimilates growing as an artist for him as growing as a man. He believes he is “harnessing aspects of my life, my experiences, and my beliefs, into my music in a way that hopefully resonates with people in their own journey, adventure, and experiences. When I grow, so does my music”.

When making his album Ristningar i Ginnungagap Torulf found himself faced with an obstacle. He had been living in Scotland and in the middle of the production of the album in 2020 he had accidentally left his laptop in Scotland. A few weeks later due to Covid the borders in the United Kingdom closed down meaning that Torulf was unable to work on his music. He explains “I was unable to work on my music for a long time. It wasn’t until six months later in June I could return back to Scotland, and when I did, I immediately moved back to Sweden and more life events occurred after that.” Its wasn’t until 2022 that Torulf could go back to working on his album. This presented its own difficulties and Torulf says “the way I create music is very much in the moment - a flow state - yet this time I had to pick up from where I left off two years ago and had to go back into a mindset that was so far away. I struggled for a long time to get back into the mindset, but finally I rediscovered it. Once that happened, I finished the songwriting in a haze and thereafter could finally start the mixing and mastering process.”

Performing live in various bands since he was a teenager and most recently having been part of the live band Hindarfjäll, Torulf is considering doing a one of a kind musical experience with his music. Although Torulf says that his music is not easily translated to a live stage he hopes in the future to focus on what he describes as “making the live experience unique and memorable”.

Initially Torulf was more active on social media trying to reach out to a large audience. He has now become quite minimalistic on his social media looking for more qualitative interactions. He thought at first this would reduce his audience, but his listener cohort has remained stable for which he is grateful.
Preferring for people to interact with his music rather than him Torulf now has what he describes as “a very laid-back engagement with fans compared to others, speaking solely on social media.” He says that in terms of interactions with fans he has had “very touching messages and people reaching out and sharing their experiences which is incredible and humbling to see”.

Following the Torulf saga, Torulf plans to create more concept albums. He says “I have many ideas that are brewing, many dreams and experiences to express musically. I intend to continue this path of bringing electronic and European ethnic instruments together in such a way that builds the sound I am harnessing. With dense and mesmeric atmospheres filled with electronic and folk instruments that bring the listener on a story”.

For new listeners to Torulf’s music he suggests “I suppose I would ask to have an open mind. If you like electronic music then it’ll be a bit different from what you are used to. If you like this new wave of nordic neofolk/dark folk music then it’ll be a bit different from what you are used to as well. Perhaps don’t try at first to put it in a ‘genre box’ until after you’ve had a few listens. What I aim for is weaving together sounds, aesthetics, instruments, in a way that will hopefully entice you and bring you along. One more thing! If you like a song, I invite you to listen to the album from start to finish in one sitting, as the songs are written like chapters in a novel.”



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Friday 24 November 2023

Divination Scars: among the dead in symmetry,

 




“The record revealed itself to us overtime. some of the pieces existed for some time in one iteration or another and others came together rather quickly. It’s not exactly a concept record but there is a story woven together of someone dealing with Death, grappling with mortality, bargaining for immortality - loss of self, rebirth and the self-actualization that occurs on the other end. Much of this is fiction, however there are moments I found myself recounting my time spent in the death care industry and the questioning of the predatory practices put in place by large corporations masquerading as charitable entities.”

Charles – thePicassos



Divination Scars: among the dead in symmetry, the new album by Midwestern Gothic/Avant Goth band thePicassos is a deliciously dark and eclectic journey through a series of collective stories and experiences that entwines a haunting narrative about death and dying, fear and immortality. The first track “Wicker Casket” weaves an ethereal tapestry that’s hauntingly hollow and jangly with undulating melodies that perfectly blend darkness and transcendence. With an atmosphere of menace and a sense of desperation, “Leather Wings (The Blood Is The Life)” beckons the listener into a dark and mysterious realm. “Thousand Eyes Restrict” creates a visceral experience with urgent rhythms created by a cacophony of gloomy, heavy guitars and atmospheric lyrics and vocals. Having an eerie atmosphere “Children of the Night” has ascending melodies and haunting vocals. “Dolarhyde” (do you see?) is a powerful song that unleashes a blend of heavy guitars and beseeching vocals that result in a gripping exploration of bleak emotional depths. Immersing the listener into a disorientating, yet entrancing soundscape “Sixth Sense” has reverberating vocals that further enhance the mystique of the song. “Weird Sisters” is an alluring blend of Gothic music with a retro 80s sound, that has energetic vocals piercing through the vintage glamour of the song infusing it with power and emotion. A sultry New Orleans sound, with a soulful spirit and the whimsical allure of a spooky carnival “Serious Business” is a mesmerizing fusion of sounds and melodic layers. “Under The Floorboards (With You)” transports the listener to a cinematic futurescape and the dreamy landscapes of the 90s resulting in a nostalgic and spellbinding sound. Propelled by crashing guitars “This is Not Elegance” has ghostly reverberating vocals that ensnare the senses. “Slaughtered Lamb” is enthralling and hypnotic with a rhythmic beat that menacingly drags the listener into a place of shadowy intrigue. Blending exotic Middle Eastern sounds and echoes of the 80s “Go Dark” pays homage to diverse musical traditions while transporting the listener to otherworldly places.

Divination Scars: among the dead in symmetry, has brooding melodies and enigmatic lyrics that immerse the listener into a soundscape that mirrors the complexities of life and the inevitability of death. The albums exploration of existential dread and the rejection of immortality adds a unique twist and creates an unsettling yet captivating atmosphere.


Divination Scars: among the dead in symmetry,
All songs written by Charles Urban


Charles Urban - lead and backing vocals, guitar, tambourine, railroad spikes, shaker, kazoo, claves, snaps, bongos
Dan Lowe - bass guitar
Thorin Murphy-Fahlgren - drums, accordion, banjo, guitar, toy piano, wind chimes, chimes, synthesizer, drum loop programming, tambourine, shaker, snaps
with
Joe Duprey - organ, piano, synthesizer, harpsichord, backing vocals, noise effects
Gerard D’Lor of Second Salem - vocals on “Leather Wings (the blood is the life)”
and “Dolarhyde (do you see?)”
Sarah Rose of Sarah and the Safe Word - vocals on “Weird Sisters”
Taylor Izak - violin on “Under the Floorboards (With You)”
spoken word on “This Is Not Elegance” written and recorded by Shelby Blevins-Lowe

Artwork and graphic design by Charles Urban
CD hand model - Tara Tapert

Produced by Charles Urban, Dan Lowe, and Thorin Murphy-Fahlgren
Recorded and mixed by Thorin Murphy-Fahlgren






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Friday 17 November 2023

thePicassos

 



Midwestern Gothic/Avant Goth band thePicassos chose their name in recognition of the fact that the work of artists is often disregarded while they are alive and becomes more famous when they die. Band member Charles explains “I like to think it means something different to everyone and it has evolved over the years but ultimately it’s less of a credit to the artist by name and moreover artists in general.”

thePicassos are a four-member band with Charles on vocals and guitar, Dan on bass, Joe on keys and piano and Thorin on drums, accordion, banjo and production. Recently however a new band member in friend Justin has joined the band for live performances. The band says, “earlier this year drummer and producer Thorin suffered an injury in his arms rendering him unable to perform in the same way live -we have outsourced a drummer in friend of band Justin Dulecki.”

Each member of thePicassos has a different story about the ways in which they became interested in music. Charles revealed that for him it began with what he describes as “a very vivid early childhood memory of my parents blasting the phantom of the opera soundtrack over the home stereo system. I was very scared. I think it may have started there.” For drummer Thorin he remembers “as a baby I used to sing ode to my family by the cranberries my paediatrician always wanted to hear me sing, but I had very bad stage fright, so they never heard me. True story.” Dan, who was raised listening to Elvis says “I wanted nothing more than to be Elvis. Now I do this”. Joe found music inspiring at a young age and explains “there is a videotape of me sitting on Santa’s lap at 4 years old, and I asked him for a violin. Christmas came, I got my violin was 2” tall and not real. Just like Santa.” Justin credits an old Casio keyboard that belonged to his grandmother as sparking his interest in music saying “Whenever I’d go to her house I’d play with the button. It would play the Titanic theme and stuff.”

As far as musical influences go the band members have varied experiences. Charles, who is always trying to evolve his sound takes inspiration from artists like “David Bowie, Tom Waits, Björk, Smashing Pumpkins.” He likes artists that he describes as not being easily placed “ in any particular genre or box. Those that never did the same thing twice in my humble opinion. “ Thorin has spent a lot of his life listening to Modest Mouse and explains that “their recently deceased Drummer Jeremiah Green (R.I.P) was a huge influence on my drumming style.” With his bass playing influence starting with Greenday, Dan says “the first song I ever learned was “Long view” but I also listened to a lot of Cradle of Filth and Slipknot. Notably I think I take inspiration from Paul Gray ( R.I.P of Slipknot) who was also a left handed bassist and I try to apply that to thePicassos in my playing approach". Joe cites his musical inspirations as Elton John and Billy Joel and explains “I’m also a musical theater guy so Andrew Loyd Webber of course. “ With influences from Industrial to Grunge, Justin says “ I like off kilter genres. Nine in Nails was one of my first favorites. Nirvana, Foo Fighters - Dave Grohl as a drummer is a big inspiration. But also appreciate avant garde stuff like Sonic Youth. Music that breaks boundaries and isn’t always appealing to the ear. “

When explaining what drew thePicassos to their genre Charles clarifies that the band “have been collecting genres since the inception of this project. I think it starts with the concepts for songs and that dictates the kind of genres we can play with for any particular tracks.” Joe says that Dark Gothic music wasn’t something he was familiar with or listened to but he reveals that ”my ignorance of the gothic genre at large has led me to an unbiased approach to our material and allows me to add things that wouldn’t be considered “conventional” to the genre.” Dan states that “what makes thePicassosthePicassos” is probably the fact that none of us listen to the same type of music. So, we all bring a different color and approach perception to a song. “

When asked about thePicassos approach to songwriting the band in unison say, “Remember You will die.” Usually starting in a dark room Charles says he is inspired by the motifs of “death, dying and the afterlife”. He uses this as what he describes as “metaphors but also to reflect on and stand in defiance of these absolutes. I think it’s hugely important to talk about our mortality at any stage of our lives. Death touches us all eventually and being able to look it in the face as opposed to the omnipresent specter in the distance is not only healthy, but I think necessary. “ Dan goes on to say ”thus, “Memento Mori” - we try to make sense of what Charles brings to us. He Usually has a lot of big ideas, and we help clean it up to the strongest version. Charles has the long novel version of the song, and we create the cinematic adaption.”

As far as involvement in the aesthetic of thePicassos go Charles explains that “as much as I possibly can! I have always gravitated to the dark, vintage theatrical aesthetics, so I do try to bring that to the band and our stage show to help illustrate the music in ways words don’t quite manage. I have drawn a lot from the silent films and 1920’s German expressionism for this album specifically. “

In order to stay creative and inspired Charles reveals that ” I’m constantly absorbing new media, movies, books, comics, TV shows. I tend to get hyper focused on an artist or a story and deep dive for weeks and try to bring something of that to my art and the project. Currently I’ve been deeply looking into the works of Guillermo Del Toro!

The band enjoy live performances and Dan describes them as “that’s my favorite part of being a musician. I wanna live in the moment.” For Joe his passion for live performances is matched by the joy he gets from writing songs. Thorin relishes the feedback from the audience when performing live. Charles believes “it’s always feels like a race to the finish line- lots to remember and things I hope go well - I try to find some time to be present and aware of the movement. But on stage when things go off perfectly and we feel like we have actually made contact with the dead) are the most special moments I could ever ask for. “

Apart from being very active on social media when building a relationship and connecting with fans Charles says thePicassos “take pride in our “seances” being inclusive and an opportunity to engage our audiences in joining in the ritual of holding hands or candles or sitting on the floor to really attempt to make a connection to the other side and take control of the energy you can only get in a live setting. We also have a FB group and a discord server for some more unique behind the scenes looks into our world! “

When asked what direction the band will be taking Charles says “I actually have a pretty good idea of what the next sounds we emulate will be. Hopefully it’s unexpected. Thorin believes the band should head “south”, Dan says “all the way to hell” and Joe says “east? I thought you said west.”

For new listener to thePicassos the band members have this to say. Dan explains “if you’re feeling moody it’s exactly what you’re looking for. “ Thorin reminds novices to the music of thePicassos “Remember you will die”. According to Joe if you don’t mind contemplating your own mortality this could be the band for you! “ Charles says “its decidedly spooky… but I think you’ll find it’s a lot more layered than your average haunted house. “


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Friday 27 October 2023

Melodic Machinations goes to the Jon Stevens Concert

 


Iconic Aussie rocker Jon Stevens' concert at the Astor Theatre in Perth on Thursday was an electrifying night of classic Australian rock music. His energetic and seamless performance featured a stellar blend of hits from his band Noiseworks and INXS.  


During the performance he paid homage to the legendary Michael Hutchence with a heartfelt rendition of "Never Tear Us Apart." 


The atmosphere of the concert was enhanced by a dazzling light show, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already incredible music. 


Stevens' vitality and passion on stage were infectious, and with his encouragement the  audience participated with zeal.  


Having seen Stevens perform many years ago alongside John Farnham and Kate Cebrano in Jesus Christ Superstar playing the challenging role of Judas Iscariot, I was delighted to see that he has lost none of his vigour and still has a powerhouse singing voice.




















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