Artist Spotlight Shorts, 2nd Edition QUESTIONS IN DIALECT
; Eschewing the typical wave-calm-wave pattern of instrumental rock, QiD's songs erect cascades of affected melodies over dubby bass textures and cataclysmic drum fills. Often moving into free-form improvisation during live shows, visuals are spontaneously created by the instruments themselves. The sound has evolved by incorporating electronics and new composition methods, even moving into avant-garde territory, but is still filtered through a subjective post-rock lense.
QiD. They build their own instruments, play with soundwaves from the sun, jupiter, and the galaxies, and hack old tvs to make home-made oscilloscopes (see
the soundwaves while you hear them). Soon after tuning your ears to the QiD sound, you won't be able to listen to music the same way again. It's an experience. Then again, music is music. And we must remember that art is art. Well, on the other hand water is water isn't it? And east is east and west is west. And if you take cranberries and stew them like applesause they taste much more like prunes than rubarb does.Rating: Genre:
Progressive, IDM, Live ElectronicsLinks: http://www.myspace.com/questionsindialect
& http://www.questionsindialect.com/ LINDSEY NEAL
; Tulsa World calls it, "Genuine Talent." Urban Tulsa calls it, "The Real Deal." But it's all just an obsession with growth, a strong desire to connect, and the love of good pop music. So where does Lindsey Neal come into all of this?
Welcomed to Earth at three-something-am on June 29, 1985 was a kid that Tom and Carolyn Neal named Lindsey. Tom had a music room where he and his friends would "jam" on late nights, and Carolyn grew up playing piano in church. The toys laying around the household for little Lindsey were things like Casio keyboards and drum machines. Michael Jackson records and music videos played fairly continuously. The influence was obvious. This led to a child who marveled at the power and influence of the stage, who would rather sit around and create sounds than watch TV, and wanted only to spend time planning out the next performance, whether it be for family or a big imagined audience. Elementary school years were boom boxes, karaoke machines, lots of tapes, and talent shows with neighborhood kids. Middle school began the violin, and junior high began the guitar. Bigger gigs came along at nicer venues and festivals, singing with sisters Amy and Jen, then a rock band with some boys in high school. The decision to become a solo artist came easily, since the songwriting had always been happening. And there were lots of notebooks. Words about beloved people, events, realizations, lessons learned, and stories bottled up into poems and modified to be melodically pleasing. Notebook after notebook was filled. Money was saved, recording gear was bought. A demo was made, a girl with a guitar began singing at coffee places by herself. More notebooks were filled, more songs were called finished. After graduation of high school, two years were spent in Eagle Studios recording an album and forming bonds with some incredible new band mates. That album is called "GENUINE" and was released November 20, 2004.
Recent times are spent at band practice. And loading the gear every weekend to play at the next gig, wherever it may be, unloading the gear, then the optional band gathering at a late night diner to have water with lemon and coffee and talk about gear and music and gigs. Probably the most important question is, what drives all of this? Why do it? The reasons are certainly not about attention or glory. It has progressed past being about Lindsey. Now it's about doing something good with the love of music that we've been given. It's about making magic, and planting seeds that will grow into something positive. It's about telling everyone that they're not alone. And it's about telling everyone that something benevolent is working for them.Rating: Genre:
Indie, Pop, RockLinks: http://www.myspace.com/lindseyneal
& http://www.lindseyneal.com/ E MUZEKI
; Mark Varelas and Jenny OConnor, both native Texans, first played music together in fall of 1999 as founders of the Greek band, E Serenes (The Sirens). A shared passion for exotic-sounding music carried them beyond Greek music both in genre and instrumentation to their world music project, E Muzeki.
Expanding his musical abilities, Mark has added the various sounds of accordion, Flamenco guitar, Irish whistle, and sitar to his accomplished Greek bouzouki and steel string guitar playing. Jenny passionately plays Celtic fiddle, steel string guitar, Gypsy violin and sitar. Joshua Amyx conveys his love of rhythm through an outrageous hand drum kit consisting of asheikos, djembe, djun, doumbeks, darabukas, tabla, udu, dholak, frame drum, tibetan singing bowls, cymbals and gongs.
Drawing from these diverse folk traditions while not being bound by them, the group has developed a unique and captivating style. Whether playing actual folk repertoire, or one of their original compositions, E Muzeki brings fresh emotion to ancient musical tradition. They draw listeners of all ages and from every walk of life. Rating: Genre:
Acoustic, Folk, OtherLinks: http://www.myspace.com/emuzeki
& http://www.emuzeki.com/ UNWED SAILOR
; Born in Seattle in 1998 at the tender age of intent, Unwed Sailor is helmed by Oklahoma-born songwriter Johnathon Ford. The basis for the instrumental project came into being while Ford was still writing with Seattle luminaries Roadside Monument. Pulling towards a bass guitar-oriented sound, the songs he had begun to craft did not fully feel right for Roadside Monument, thus the unbeknownst predestined forming of Unwed Sailor. Not aiming for Unwed Sailor to fall into the regular confines of a typical band, Ford’s ever evolving cast and crew has been tirelessly composed over the years of good friends and company. The band has since been relocated and based out of cities across the United States, including Chicago, New York, Jackson MS, and most recently Little Rock, AR. With over 14 US tours and four in Europe, the band has traveled almost as much as it has evolved.
Since their 1998 debut release, Firecracker, the band has strived to endeavor side door studies into the pictures behind sound, opening multiple avenues of instrumental excavation on their first full-length, The Faithful Anchor. These studies also produced two short film soundtracks for independent film maker Chris Bennett - Stateless (a musical collaboration with Early Day Miners), and For Jonathan, a multi-genre compilation featuring artists as varied as The Album Leaf and Mikael Jorgensen to Jessica Bailiff and Her Space Holiday.
In 2003, the shape of Unwed Sailor changed dramatically as the sound became less a standard suite of songs, developing instead into a growing creature, cinematically-operated and tell-tale both in its sonic and packaged presentation. The resulting album was recorded and released as The Marionette and the Music Box; music set to tell the painted story of a lonely little marionette in search of a cherished, lost music box. Describing the picturesque brushes and swells of a rather unique orchestra, Unwed Sailor composed pieces as suited for concert halls as they are the hot, impassioned stages of dark night clubs from city to city. As a live performance, the music is only more chaotic in its finely-tuned restraints. Here audiences are treated to a powerful performance, played out as though on the screen; they walk away from the shows as though from a theater, excited and curious about the world again. On stage, Unwed Sailor as people melt away, becoming nobody and everybody at the same time; a two hearted octopus with every arm working twice as hard.
2006 will see the band with two brand new full length recordings as well as an EP in between, all of which will be recorded and released in between stretches on the lonesome, always stretching road.Rating: Genre:
Ambient, Progressive, ExperimentalLinks: http://www.myspace.com/unwedsailor
& http://www.unwedsailor.net/ LAURA JANSEN
; "my bio: jeez, that would be a long story. It would have lots of twists, sordid characters, love scenes, car chases and product placements. The lead character would be played by someone who looks like me but taller." No official biography.Rating: Genre:
Alternative, Acoustic, IndieLinks: http://www.myspace.com/laurajansenmusic