This month our Travel issue brings us two more selections for your musical enjoyment.
First we are happy to feature Blues Element from Toronto. This talented duo harken back to an era of jazzy swing that will keep your hands a tapping on that steering wheel. "Smoke and Mirrors" is a classic romp about love and life delivered in a fun and sultry way by vocalist Jamie Browning. Iain Green keeps it all driving with his stellar drumming that includes some nice rhythmic changes and breaks. You can't help but feel free and easy with this tune playing on the old car radio, guiding you on your next adventure.
Next up we have Oh I Bisect, sharing with us his innermost muse. This hypnotic instrumental takes you on a journey of the mind and opens up the parameters of what music is and can be. Creator Michael Shepard brings us "Crazy Horse" which draws you in, builds around a steadily increasing drum track then scrambles you around, neatly depositing you on the other end. His style of song writing evokes a sense of introspection that can translate to a number of emotions and possible audiences.
Tim Castellani, Status Hat Productions; August 1, 2011
PS: We've gathered all our featured musician's from previous issues into one spot, find all of them -- their music and links -- here: Featured Music Gallery.
LISTEN TO BLUES ELEMENT:
"Smoke and Mirrors"
ABOUT BLUES ELEMENT:
Toronto's Blues Element are purveyors of fine jazzy blues and bluesy jazz. At the heart of the group are the songwriters; vocalist Jamie Browning and drummer Iain Green. Smoke and Mirrors is one of several traveling songs in their songbook, written while Jamie and Iain were traveling separately, but were about to overlap in the same city for a few days. There have been many journeys since, and this October will see them back in the recording studio with a stellar crew of guest musicians working on their 3rd release of original songs, including a few more fit for the open road.
LISTEN TO OH I BISECT:
OH I BISECT:
oh i bisect is Michael Shepherd. Michael is a University of Virginia student who, when he's not puzzling over philosophical problems, shuts himself in his room every day to make his own brand of electronic music. The songs build slowly and often evolve into an entirely new creature over the course of a few minutes, improbably meeting at the confluence of Shepherd's influences in shoegaze, progressive rock, and 8-bit techno. This is music meant to be enjoyed as it was written - alone, with a pair of good headphones, and a cup of coffee or tea.
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