On the heals of the album Blood Moon Wolf Head, Jim Demos has released a new track via his solo project Hellenica. A Gentle Fire is a mellow, almost introspective track. It begins with a simple chord arpeggio which is the rhythmic foundation of the track. A rumbling bass synth enters accompanied by a passionate drum track & suddenly the listener is taken on a journey. It seems as if we are travelling through time, through some ancient ruins found on the hellenic coast. There is a sense a majesty & ancient power here – as if those Greek heroes & gods of legend look down upon us now: inciting us to rise above our mundane lives.
Jim has had a varied career as a musician. He has toured Canada, the US & parts of Europe with a number of bands including Ham & National Monument. He grew up in Winnipeg & was a high profile member of that city’s avant-garde music scene in the late nineties & early two thousands. He now lives & works in Montreal & has integrated himself into that city’s diverse musical culture.
One of the wonderful things about Bandcamp is that you are able to discover new music by independant & little known artists. Just the other day I came across this great Label out of Los Angeles: Fluttery Records. They call themselves the “bright home of modern classical, ambient and post-rock”. I must say, this tagline certainly describes the label perfectly.
Currently, Fluttery Records has thirty seven artists on their roster. These artists come from all over the world & have one thing in common: they all create passionate music that pushes the bounds of what you would expect for rock and ambient bands. If you listen to the Label’s Free Sampler Record – an album featuring tunes from twenty four of the label’s artists – you will hear what I mean.
After a few delays (sorry) & a few technical glitches (damn technology), Candle’s seventh full length studio album was released yesterday (I know, this blog post is a day late, but this whole project has ended up behind schedule… 😦 ). You can download the entire album for a small fee (in Canadian Dollars, so if you’re paying in another currency it’s probably even cheaper!). However, to get even a better deal (because converting to Canadian funds isn’t a deal enough) – get over to Candle’s Bandcamp site & download the Eagle Landing Promo Single & get a coupon for 50% off the price of Moonscapes. Could this deal get any sweeter?
Stay tuned for the official press release for the album as well as information regarding the new single from the album which includes a bunch of exclusive B-Sides.
My friend, Joanne Gabriel (joannegabriel.bandcamp.com), has inspired me to experiment with creating sounds with my guitar. As such, I sat down recently & recorded a bunch of songs using regular household spoons as the main method of strumming the strings on my guitar. I played around with a bunch of effects in Jeskola Buzz & was able to create some really otherworldly & spacey tones. After recording these songs, I had this sudden brainstorm to release them as an EP of demos.
These are the demos that resulted from this process.
I have been a huge fan of Joanne Gabriel’s amazing soundscapes for quite a number of years now. Her latest album, Aandrala (The Keys), does not disappoint. Joanne has taken her layered songwriting composition style to a whole new level. The fact that she has wrapped this intricate music around an amazing story makes this album all the more engaging. What started out as a series of stories that Joanne has had in her head, has now been put into an amazing sonic experience that forces the listener to cry: “I need to hear more! I need to hear the rest of the story!”