Happy May Day, workers of the world! There has been a slew of labor lately in the music making business towards recreating the magic of the post-punk era. I managed to find one of the shiniest examples coming across the video tubes hailing from Austin. These guys show a really good restraint in not letting their electronics overpower their wonderfully organic Martin Hannettish echoey production style. Listen to their tracks, and you will definitely be held Captive.
Now this is what I like to see and hear when I think of the word "originality." Dan Deacon provides a bit of what could be described as a convenient department store of sonic techniques that provide the perfect accompaniment to its slick and fascinating video theatre. Vocoded voices bounce and resound inside a texture of well placed clicks and rise up to meet the catchy sing song chorus which heavily hammers its way into the sonic pleasure zone.
Artist : Dan Deacon
Origin : Baltimore, Maryland U. S. A.
Well folks, it is March already. This month, it has been decided that TionTunes will pull out a different kind of manifestation feature a long overdue genre by digging out the Metal! This particular video is a very comical cover of something the best of the 80's used to have, that is, lots of visual delights going on in the background to support the foreground of inventive musical remaking of this classic Grease song.
Artist: Tragedy (orig. John Farrar)
Origin: New York, New York USA
Wave after wave, as you watch the water rolling in you will see the pulsing ribbons of color and textures and shapes. Anywhere you closely watch these aquatic motions over basically any body of water, you will see the transmission of a language that is normally only communicated through the eyes. Mr. Cantu-Ledesma has managed through sound to parallel this great beauty of the world and present it to the region of your mind that processes vibrations. This incredible fabric he has created is evidenced in the video above, listen with your eyes...
Artist: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Origin: San Francisco, California USA
I have seen this artist captured within a photograph alongside her trusty Roland R-8 as well as an Ensoniq keyboard. These particular instrumental devices are quite near and dear to my inner 90s music making soul. The beats and punctuations of synthesized creations she delivers with her devices definitely take advantage of the digitized soundscaping that these machines are capable of. As Void Vision is set to appear live locally here in Miami, I look forward to witnessing this talented songstress manifest her splendid blend of nostalgic sounds that coincide beautifully with her hauntingly sublime vocals.
In a year filled with much such dark social turmoil it's a relief to know that the underground music world continues to produce such shining gems. This video by Phantogram is my choice for video and song of the year. It features an incredibly well designed pastiche of spliced samples to accompany its cascading, seductive vocals which are at key times punctuated by a punchy classic bass synthesizer sound. The entire sonic piece moves without letting you go, capturing you in a sonic net which you'll never be free from as you "fall in love" with it.
Locally it was great news to hear about this act returning to full strength with their ever-inventive guitarist reuniting with their rock-solid rhythm section. This track has a particularly powerful punch, one that emulates taking a sip from any sort of party punch bowl, one where you don't really know what you may be drinking, but you just immediately know it tastes good and you will hang on and expect the very best results from all the twists and turns that beverage takes as it winds through your system. Quick, have a sip...of Peggy!