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by Kelsey Radomski at Indie Band Guru Brooklyn-based songwriter D.K. Lyons adds his new album, The Past (Romanticized), to the list of new music releasing this season. Out June 26, the album contains 12 tracks that capture the carefree spirit of summer. Although The Past (Romanticized) is his first full-length album, D.K. Lyons is no novice to the world of music. In a recent press release, he confided, “When I was 5 years old I wanted to be a rock star. Haven’t been able to stop writing songs since then.” As proof, many of the trailers for the album feature footage from his own home movies. Tiny D.K. is pictured tottering around, guitar in hand in many of the clips, evoking a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Heavily influenced by his late father’s love of Tom Petty, D.K. Lyons used this connection to fuel the creation of music that reflects the spirit of home. His songs transport listeners back to the summer where they met their first love, the pain of constant change and growing up, and the buoyant nature of youth. Much of the album’s sound can be attributed to D.K. Lyons’ diverse taste in music. The artist incorporates rock, synth-pop, bluegrass, country, and even pop punk in The Past (Romanticized). He explains he draws inspiration from role models like Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls and The 1975. This is evident in tracks using what can be described as a “vintage” guitar sound, [...]
In this interview with JHARIAH🌹 @JhariahClare, we will dig a little into his career and talk about his latest EP To Mend the Sun. I was going to write more here but the interview is informative and entertaining enough! I will say I believe Jhariah Clare will have a long and fruitful career in music and the arts. Did the music or animation come first and when did it click for you to combine them into the perfect way of introducing your latest EP? In other words where you an animator or a musician first? Jhariah self portrait It’s a bit complicated but to put it simply I think the seeds were planted for me to be an animator from the very start. I’ve wanted a career doing art for a living since I was 5 years old. As a kid, I really wanted to draw Manga and graphic novels as a career. In high school, I started freelancing to make some money and realized I really loved commercial illustration as well, so I figured with those two skill sets, the plan would naturally be to go to art school, keep freelancing, and then go on have a career in illustration. Whenever I’d envision it, it felt attainable and even exciting to some extent, but something about it just didn’t feel ambitious enough. I think my parents still wince at the idea that “Freelance illustrator with a variable income” wasn’t a hard enough [...]
My building had its first social distancing party this weekend, six feet apart in the large back yard. Guess who was the first person to get tired and go inside? Yes, I relate intensely to The Other Realm’s new single “Solitaire,” especially its stop-motion video. Enter the Other Realm The Other Realm is the alternative pop/rock project of brothers Kenny and Billie Ward. Quarantine finds them hunkered down in North Haven, Connecticut, where the constraints of confinement gave them the time to truly focus on the video project. “I’m really happy to be locked up,” Kenny says, and it’s impossible to tell if he’s kidding. Both brothers are serious about how a break from routine allowed them to concentrate on visual creativity. Creativity in general isn’t a problem for the duo. Their songs take a humorous, sometimes scathing, look at current ideas, including climate change. If your life includes quoting Patent Pending lyrics, you’ll find another soul mate in The Other Realm. Introversion Is in the Cards “Solitaire” goes right for the gut--and the funny bone--on how introverts experience parties. It turns out Kenny, the duo’s primary lyricist, is writing from experience. Has he also done the introvert thing of spending an entire party communing with the host’s pet? Yes, he has. “At a party of 60 or 70 musicians, I spent the whole night with a pair of golden retrievers,” he recounts. Playing cards come to life through stop motion. They turn out to [...]
Photo credit: Mandi Martini “The superhero always had... something they had to overcome,” says burlesque artist Vivienne LaFlamme. She’s one of the superheroes in the Murderous Chanteuse video, “Made of Candy." The new video recruits Connecticut women artists to fight domestic abuse. Overcoming is a theme of both the video and the artist’s life. Murderous Chanteuse is the alternative-pop persona of singer-songwriter Jennifer Hill. As Jennifer Hill and Company, she was a rising star in the Connecticut music scene in 2015. After taking a break to confront her experiences with emotional abuse, Hill is back in force. "Made of Candy" tackles a tough subject with humor and sequins. Watch it now As you watch, look for 1990s alternative rocker Patti Rothberg as a villain! Admire the sparkling costumes by Kristin Costa. And take a close look at the weapons, created by burlesque prop artist Daniel Surkis. Directed by David Gere and filmed by Ryan Sweeney, the video features locations in northeastern Connecticut (shot before the pandemic). Overcoming “I wanted to do a video that would take back some of the actions I had experienced in life,” explains Hill. Some of the scenes are from pop-culture fantasy, such as Surkis tying up singer-songwriter Nan Roy in his van. However, a real-life experience of one of Hill’s friends inspired the running “date” story that ties the video together. The cast includes a variety of Connecticut artists that Hill knows from twelve years of [...]
Sailors carry a shark’s tooth as a talisman against drowning. In a time when it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, singer-songwriter Kierstin Sieser’s solo album, Shark Tooth Moon, is a seven-song talisman for a journey through deep waters and dark forests. "They are love songs, really," she explains--though not always in a traditional sense. “I think songs are like spells or a subconscious humming—they have a power when you sing them,” Sieser explains. While songs she wrote with band Tiny Ocean were about alienation, these songs emphasize “being seen… being found.” It’s a view achieved through glimpses in mirrors and still reflecting ponds. The lead single, “In the Reading,” starts with a wish to connect. With the feel of a folk song as old as mountains, it spirals into a refrain of “we’re going down and we don’t know how to stop it.” This is a fairytale, though—a place to face down wonders and terrors, a place to solve the riddle. Wait for the last line. Digging for Meaning The pandemic has changed Sieser’s creative process but not her urge to create. Instead of recording at a friend’s studio, she put together her own DIY set-up. “I think now more than ever, we need to create art,” she says. “It lets us dig in the weird, sometimes uncomfortable places in our personal and collective psyche.” Shark Tooth Moon delves deep. “The Guest” shifts from an eerie plea to be seen to a cheerful explanation [...]
“There are days... days spent wondering what makes life worth living.” Connecticut soul/folk/R&B fusion artist Austin James’ new song, “On Life & Love,” begins with guitar and soulful vocals resolving out of discord to ask this question. The song’s journey to release is a story of honesty and love finding a way. In times of trouble, it has special resonance. Its release includes being featured in an Abbott Global commercial--a placement that started with James’ efforts to manage his Type 1 diabetes. In January, James spoke and performed at an Abbott Global event where influencers shared their experiences with the FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor, designed for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. The device has “completely altered the way I manage my health on the road,” he explains. His story and song so moved Abbott's team that they made a commercial featuring Austin James + The Nomads. Honesty in the Studio “On Life and Love” features a new band assembled from old friends: Michael Spellman (drums), Spencer Belair (bass), and Tanner Watson (lead guitar). Getting them into the studio together was "a divinely magical experience,” James says. His long-time producer, Andy Casella of Shape Recording, worked some of the magic with their skill at “bringing out the best, most honest performances.” Stark honesty is fundamental to the song. Meditative guitar underpins James’ soulful vocals, which turn gritty as the lyric tackles how to give and receive love. The production creates white space, with little [...]