As I mentioned in my last blog post, I got a little sidetracked when my buddy Jim asked me about some old recordings I had. I am still working on digitizing & re-mastering my Master Tape Archive from all the bands I was a part of in the late nineties. So that is one project on the go. I still have to edit Acts II-IV of The Good Four so that I can release them. And my mind is starting to think about what I plan to do for FAWM this coming February.
It is on this last topic that I think I’m going to delve into today.
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.