Review: A Gentle Fire By Hellenica

On the heals of the album Blood Moon Wolf Head, Jim Demos has released a new track via his solo project HellenicaA 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.

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Stagnated Delivery…

My timeline for the mastering & final delivery of the new Candle studio album, Vibrations, has stagnated.  To be honest, I have not even contemplated working on it for over a month now.  Well, that is not entirely true: fleeting thoughts have momentarily floated through my consciousness, reminding me of the unfinished work I have yet to complete in this regard.  But beyond these small reminders that have yet to be acted upon, my mind & my energies have been directed at other pursuits.

Such is the fickleness of human attention.

I am constantly blaming the mundane for the distractions in my life – an assement which is a bit of a crutch.  It is an easy out in my mind.  An old, well worn tool that passifies any anxieties I feel.  I can simply blame the world & its demands upon me for keeping me from doing the things I know I need to achieve.  And this goes beyond the performance & creation of my music.  It applies to all aspects of my complex & multi-faceted life.  The mundane is my scapegoat.  One I constantly call upon when I do not wish to look at the deeper causes of my own stagnation.

Today is the last day of a three day “weekend” (I am currently working nights & weekends at work, so my “weekend” happens mid-week) thanks to Remembrance Day.  Though I have ticked off some of the items on my To Do List, there is much I did not achieve.  One of these items is continuing to Master Vibrations.  Well, fear not loyal Candle Fans & other followers of my unique musings: I am going into my studio after lunch & dedicating the afternoon to working on Vibrations.  It is high time that I finish this project that started in February.  It is time to be ready to release the album to the world.  It is time, indeed – it is Truly time.

See You In The Shadows…