Eric Slater releases new single ‘Following the Blind’


The Los Angeles-based musician known as Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Following the Blind.” The single is Slater’s most significant musical release since his popular song, “Dead Men” hit digital shelves around the world in February, sending ripples throughout the audiophile underground everywhere. Fans of Slater old and new are sure to be delighted with this latest offering, which boasts all the exceptional sonic qualities his following have come to expect from him.

Speaking candidly of the themes of his latest single, Slater writes, “’Following the Blind’ was directly inspired by a short story from a good friend of mine. He shared the idea with me and I wrote the song with the general theme in mind, but putting more of a personal twist on it.”

“Following the Blind” is a parable of timeless proportion and relevance that has many current events at heart. It speaks to everyone alive in today’s chaotic world.

“The song touches on the sheep and the shepherd thing. Everyone thinks they have the answer, yet no one really has much of a clue. Heroes can easily become villains and vice versa. I guess you can say it’s a satire on the absurdity and fickleness of popular opinion.”

Slater cites as main artistic influences a broad array of sounds, including Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Sublime, Wu Tang Clan, Jeff Buckley, and Miles Davis.

Slater’s acoustic solo debut album, “On the Edge of Something More,” was released in 2005. He has contributed his vast talents to various acts, including guitars, songs and vocals to bands such as Martha Davis and the Motels, Bomb Squad, Moflo, Off Limits, Aurora Beckons, Astral Aliens, and Tres Aliens.

“Following the Blind” by Eric Slater is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

eric@ericslater.com

Website –

http://www.ericslater.com

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/ericslatermusic

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Eric Slater releases new single “Dead Men”


Musician Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Dead Men.” The track is an introspective, triumphant, yet darkly bleak rock waltz that plays on mortality for its theme. It is the first published single for Slater as a solo artist since his 2007 LP release, “Redemption & Disorder,” the light and airy nature of which shares few characteristics with the lurking and sinister, “Dead Men,” except that both are quality works of music from the same artist. In many respects, though, “Dead Men” is the superior result.

Slater’s guitaring, though he is capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, is slowly strummed for this track in a black and blue tone that contains goth and punk-rock tendencies, reminiscent of Nick Cave’s work, or of TSOL’s mellower side (“Weathered Statues,” for instance). The song is crooned out by Slater in an intimate, cracking voice that sounds like a shadowy and more masculine Neil Young with a tinge of David Bowie, like the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, although more mid-west American in the delivery.

It is to the track’s benefit that Slater’s vocals are way out front in the single’s mix, too, because his performance is a studied, yet natural perfection, showcased plainly here where he can be enjoyed without too much ornamentation to get in the way. The real show-stopper, though, is almost certainly Slater’s songwriting. His lyrics are poetic, precise, and use a mixture of repetition and creative phrasing that keeps the narrative of “Dead Men” interesting from turn to turn; however, it is important to note that the vocals and instrumentation, together with a groove that tit-tat’s along like the wheels of a carriage on cobblestones, are more than enough to keep a music fan’s interest alone.

“Dead Men” represents the culmination of Slater’s last six years spent meticulously honing his talents as a solo performer, and if the music world has much more of this to look forward to from him, then the sooner his next full-length is ready for distribution, the better off it will be for music listeners everywhere.

Eric Slater’s “Dead Men” is available everywhere beginning 16 February 2013.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

eric@ericslater.com

Website –

http://www.ericslater.com

 

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Texas-based Indie duo The Disappearing Act release new album “Born to Say Goodbye.”

The independent alternative music duo known as The Disappearing Act have released their latest record, “Born to Say Goodbye.” The LP is proudly released by independent label HIT Records (Dallas, TX) and published by Houdini Escape Music (El Paso, TX). Genuine, natural, full of harmony and acoustic grace, “Born to Say Goodbye” from The Disappearing Act is real music by real people for fans of good things everywhere.

The Disappearing Act consists of the music partnership of Salim Nourallah and Bob Blumenfeld, who cite among their many artistic influences the Beatles and Wilco. The resulting music produced by the duo offers a complimentary blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. Like sonic novelists, Nourallah and Blumenfeld use their unique tone as paper on which they write a true and melancholy tale. This story has been called “a painfully personal masterpiece, with an almost ear-to-the-wall intimate atmosphere that permeates the ten-song collection, each chronicling the dissolution of Nourallah’s marriage.”

In “Born to Say Goodbye” the Disappearing Act utilize a combination of production, instrumental, and compositional genius to arrive at artistic purity surpassing what the most critical audiophiles would come to expect, left alone from an independent act from Texas. Much of this is due to the unassuming cleverness in Blumenfeld’s chord progressions, with much also to Nourallah’s unabashed self-expression.

“I’d come out to my studio, when I was feeling emotionally beat-up from what I was going through and just sit down with the tracks,” Nourallah writes. “I never put pen to paper to write the words; basically it was all free association.”

Not unlike the famous poetry method of William S. Burroughs, Nourallah cut-and-pasted sections of his song to make a working narrative. “If we’d been in the ‘60s trying to write songs like this, we’d have been cutting up pieces of recording tape and taping them together, but in essence that’s what I was using the computer to do.”

The Disappearing Act’s “Born to Say Goodbye” LP is the second official album from the group. It is preceded by their self-titled debut record which hit digital shelves in 2010 on Tortilla Records.

And as for the band name?

“One reason we call it the Disappearing Act is that we never had any intention of being a performing band,” writes Nourallah. “We never had any intention of performing live, or making it into something more than a songwriting project. So, it seemed like an amusing and fitting name for the group because in essence the act has disappeared before it ever existed.”

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act is available online worldwide. Fans of indie music everywhere should get in early.

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act –

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Say-Goodbye-The-Disappearing/dp/B014B61ZY8

The Disappearing Act official website –

http://www.thedisappearingact.net/

Born to Say Goodbye” by The Disappearing Act on Bandcamp –

https://thedisappearingact.bandcamp.com/

Contact

Nicholas Altobelli – Press and Publicity – nicholas@daltonrecords.com

Bob Blumenfeld – Other inquiries – rlblumenfeld@gmail.com

Indie duo the Disappearing Act release new album ‘Born to Say Goodbye’

The independent alternative music duo known as the Disappearing Act have released their latest record, “Born to Say Goodbye.” The LP has been proudly published on the Houdini Escape Music independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Genuine, natural, full of harmony and acoustic grace, “Born to Say Goodbye” from the Disappearing Act is real music by real people for fans of good things everywhere.

The Disappearing Act are Salim Nourallah and Bob Blumenfeld, who cite as main artistic influences only the Beatles and Wilco. The resulting sound manages to glean what is complimentary between the two groups for a new tone only characteristic of itself. Like sonic novelists, Nourallah and Blumenfeld use this tone as paper on which they write a true and melancholy tale. This story has been called “a painfully personal masterpiece, with an almost ear-to-the-wall intimate atmosphere that permeates the ten-song collection, each chronicling the dissolution of Nourallah’s marriage.”

Born from the oft-overlooked music hotbeds of El Paso and Dallas, TX, respectively, the Disappearing Act utilize a combination of production, instrumental, and compositional genius to arrive at artistic purity surpassing what audiophiles can ever hope to expect. Much of this is due to the unassuming cleverness in Blumenfeld’s chord progressions, with much also to Nourallah’s unabashed self-expression.

“I’d come out to my studio, when I was feeling emotionally beat-up from what I was going through and just sit down with the tracks,” Nourallah writes. “ I never put pen to paper to write the words; basically it was all free association.”

Not unlike the famous poetry method of William S. Burroughs, Nourallah cut-and-pasted sections of his song to make a working narrative.

“If we’d been in the ’60s trying to write songs like this, we’d have been cutting up pieces of recording tape and taping them together, but in essence that’s what I was using the computer to do.”

The Disappearing Act’s “Born to Say Goodbye” LP is the second official album from the group. It is preceded by their self-titled debut record which hit digital shelves in 2010 on Tortilla Records.

And as for the band name?

“One reason we call it the Disappearing Act is that we never had any intention of being a performing band,” writes Nourallah. “We never had any intention of performing live, or making it into something more than a songwriting project. So, it seemed like an amusing and fitting name for the group because in essence the act has disappeared before it ever existed.”

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act is available online worldwide. Fans of indie music everywhere should get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act –

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Say-Goodbye-The-Disappearing/dp/B014B61ZY8

The Disappearing Act official website –

http://www.thedisappearingact.net/

Ajax Ray O’Vaque releases new LP ‘Dreaming in Subtitles’

The gold and platinum record producer not-usually-known known as Ajax Ray O’Vaque has released his latest alt-rock album, “Dreaming in Subtitles.” The LP comprises 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been published as an independent release outside the scope of the corporate music industry. Eclectic, grooving, catchy, accessible, radio-friendly and featuring some of the most naturally flowing songwriting ever recorded, “Dreaming in Subtitles” is a startling reminder that – this – is how much excellence can be crammed into a single album.

Ajax Ray O’Vaque is not Ajax Ray O’Vaque’s real name. Operating in a clutch of Los-Angeles-based, professional recording studios, music producer and performer O’Vaque is actually the holder of 12 gold and platinum music awards. He has rubbed elbows with the likes of Prince and Elton John, and worked on no fewer than 30 songs with Duran Duran over five years.

Asked to cite some artistic influences for his “Dreaming in Subtitles” record, Ajax Ray O’Vaque lists Beck, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Flaming Lips, Babylon Zoo, and Tame Impala. Audiophiles with an ear for all (or really any) of the above are sure to appreciate this upbeat, colorful, and refreshingly original album.

That it is so unique in terms of mode and tone comes largely from the artist’s refusal to claim a favorite music style.

“I used to be into electronica,” he writes, “but I really like recording real instruments. I like mixing the most-real sounds with one or two completely unreal sounds, then making them sound like they belong together.”

Appropriately, hearing “Dreaming in Subtitles” is often surreal as a result, with instrumentation blending in such a way as to make discerning the individual pieces unlikely and delightfully unnecessary. The music justifies itself. Taking it apart for analysis seems trite.

And what of the theme of his new album? Lyrically speaking, there’s an awful lot of poetry going on, but it isn’t a lofty LP. O’Vaque says of it, simply, “the Universe is a strange place and we are riding on a blue-green marble someone named ‘Earth.’”

O’Vaque also piled thanks on his co-producer/writer Greg Ansin (whose equally remarkable band, La Machine De Rêve, just released their new “Steam Train” video and single) and mix engineer Karyadi Sutedja for what he called huge contributions, saying, “Without them it could have never reached the place it ended up.”

Tom Haugen of New Noise Magazine describes “Dreaming in Subtitles” as “Certainly experimental, but never to the point of alienating the listener … both breezy and rigid, cosmic and organic, and no two songs really sound that similar. From soaring rock with psyche undertones to calmer, atmospheric layers, there is something for everyone in this precise and accomplished album.”

The album has elsewhere been called “a concoction of new-wave, ’60s rock, ’90s indie and experimental pop that includes both synthetic and organic sounds. Sometimes busy and dark, other times light and airy, this one pertains to electro-pop, indie-rock and even prog-rock, and weaves in sonic beauty and mesmerizing atmospheres.”

Thrice-Grammy-Award-winning engineer John Frye calls it “An incredible album that is both familiar and brand new.”

All in all, it’s worth everyone’s time on this blue-green marble someone named “Earth” to give this pretty little platter a spin.

“Dreaming in Subtitles” by Ajax Ray O’Vaque is available online worldwide beginning 22 June 2015. Ladies and gentlemen, get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

eMail –

http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Subtitles-Ajax-Ray-Ovaque/dp/B00Z06PRLG/
Website –

www.bopnique.com

 

Mercury Morning release new EP ‘Temple Grey’

The alternative rock crew known as Mercury Morning have released their new EP record, “Temple Grey.” The EP has been proudly published on the band’s own eponymous, independent label without support or adulteration from the corporate music industry. Comprising four original tracks for an approximate listening time of 16 minutes, “Temple Grey” represents a roundly comprehensive treatment of this powerful, pop-charged alt-rock group from New York City.

Music by Mercury Morning evokes a colorful and textured range of emotion. It sounds loud no matter how low the volume on the stereo, achieving a live feel and tone which pulls the listener into the music and infuses him or her with adrenaline.

The band cites as musical influences artists reflecting their respective instruments and characters. These include Thom Yorke and Chino Moreno, the Cinematic Orchestra and the Mars Volta, Robert Fripp and Paul Masvidal, Secret Machines and Frightened Rabbit. While the styles and tones of each are widely varied of course, the true audiophile will quickly note the consistent thread of high quality running throughout the list. The resulting “Temple Grey” EP will come as no surprise to such a listener.

Asked to describe the overall theme of their new EP, Mercury Morning write that is revolves around the concept of equality “in the sense that human frailty is universal but does not define us.”

Mercury Morning has been an active entity in New York’s music scene since 2008. Their present lineup boasts four extremely talented musicians but only one founding member, thus reflecting the natural evolution of a band in the independent rock underground playing steadily at peak performance. They have described NYC, their base of operations, as “the most diverse community of musicians any city could have.”

Their “Temple Grey” EP is the band’s fourth extended-play record release. Recorded by the band, themselves, it was mixed by Ted Young and mastered by Jessica Thompson.

“Temple Grey” by Mercury Morning is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of alt- and indie rock. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Temple Grey” by Mercury Morning –
http://www.amazon.com/Temple-Grey-Mercury-Morning/dp/B00UHARUCO/
Website –

www.mercurymorning.com