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!
It was fairly recent I became seriously addicted to the dance floor friendly sounds of Medio Mutante, after being introduced to them by a friend. I couldn't get enough of the MM sound, yet I was very discouraged to discover that their material is limited and they had disbanded. Later after a brief sadness, I became uplifted yet again when I heard certain key members are involved in acts such as the above featured 'Boan' as well as others such as //Tense//. October will take me to my Babylon!
I was happy to learn that this previously featured artist has released an equally compellingly listenable album this very year 2014. Shabazz Palaces has maintained their expansive experimentative approach, yet now adds to the ingredients some of the discipline brought on by their experience and growth as artists. This new mix of sounds has generously provided us, the music fan with a spectacular collection of multi-use sonic pieces wrapped in the gift package they have entitled "Lese Majesty." The monarchs might not like it, but we the proletariats sure could be served well by a listen or two.