Thursday, October 23, 2014
If you haven't checked out the Gravediggers Local 16 blog, you should. Regular entertaining updates of interest to haunters and halloween/horror fans are always showing up, and today the review of both of my albums was posted. See what they have to say here. New Review
Monday, September 1, 2014
Dulcet Jones - More Halloween, I'm Afraid, self-released 2014 - 4/5
1. Asylum Wedding, 2. Lobotomy Ward, 3. More Halloween, I'm
Afraid, 4. Night Circus, 5. November First Coming Down, 6. Red
Narasimha, 7. Release The Bats, 8. Steampunk Lullaby
Here's an instrumental album which brings atmospheric tracks with a
horroresque feel. The song writing accents moods rather than
techniques which is a great option when applied to a soundtrack. Jim Graham - the multi-instrumentalist behind Dulcet Jones, did it successfully as
every track here tells a different story.
“Asylum Wedding” sounds slow and melancholic but you'd surely expect some scary voices to come in with such guitar and bass arrangements. “Lobotomy Ward” comes out perhaps a little too gentle compared to what the title could suggest, though the entire composition is well done with a haunting, spacey mood and delicate guitar tones. On the contrary, in “More Halloween, I'm Afraid” there's a little dialogue between the bass and high-pitched guitar, all wrapped up in a ghostly 'boooo!' atmosphere. A beautiful Russian ballerina accompanied by red nosed clowns may come up in your mind with “Night Circus”. Next, there's “November First, Coming Down” - a nostalgic acoustic song which is not deprived of darker moments. The piano based “Red Narasimha” may sound as delicate as a feather, but the low tuned synth accompanied by a bit of echoing makes an intriguing contrast and attracts the listeners' attention. “Release the Bats” has an old school gothic feel thanks to a notoriously graded bass and noisy guitars but the composition becomes a bit shallow and experimental at times. Finally, what would you expect to hear in a song entitled “Steampunk Lullaby”? Steam SFX of course. And a bit of an old music box vibe. They are all there but also a spacey, ambient arrangement which finishes the album and in addition, mixes with “Asylum Wedding” very well. If you're tired of simple, rowdy music, make sure you get this album, which will surely fill your imagination with dozens if ideas.
Katarzyna “NINa” Gornisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, August 27 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Deacon Fawkes said "Steampunk Lullaby - Anthem to the Mysterious, a post apocalyptic anthem wrapped in retro splendour". Thanks Deacon. And my sister said "OMG THIS IS HORRIFIC LOL. I FEEL LIKE I AM IN AN OLD 40'S INSANE ASYLUM" Thanks, I think....
Friday, July 18, 2014
Where I grew up there was a very large asylum a few miles away that I had the chance to go into from time to time(as an employee in an unrelated capacity). While I am pretty sure there were no lobotomy patients(victims?) residing there I did see several very lost souls lounging about and often wondered what could be going on inside their heads. Then one day recently while I was experimenting with the effect settings on one of my guitar amplifiers I recorded what was to become the bed track for this song. Then I got out the synth and when I was done this is what I had recorded. As usual I left it for few days thinking I'll want to make some changes when I get back to it but when I listened to it a few days later the hair stood up on the back of my neck and I started to recall my visits to the asylum, so I left it as it was.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
What goes on in the late night hours, long after the midway has closed down and the customers have gone home? I don't know either but when I thought about it for a while this song emerged. The entire piano track that carries the whole piece was written on a guitar being played fingerstyle but the piano track sounded more ominous to me. The weird groans and moans section was created by recording an electric guitar playing short slide licks which were then processed into one track with some going backwards and all fading in and out to make an eerie hodge podge. I had to get some "circus organ" in there as well and the songs ends with some harmonized electric guitar.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
All the parts of this song were recorded entirely in real time on real instruments. The first guitar you hear is a nylon string classical acoustic, when the strumming starts you hear a steel string acoustic which is joined by 3 electric guitar tracks playing in harmony for the "big ending". I'm playing a solid body electric bass throughout and all the synth parts were played, not programmed. There is no percussion here, I just couldn't here where it needed any. The title alludes to the day after halloween, the excitement is over and the good memories are mixed with anticipation for the next year's festivities. I'm considering working up a solo guitar version of this song, I really like playing the fingerstyle part it starts with and some friends and past musical collaborators are asking me to come out and do a few songs at one of the many open stage nights in my area. I used to frequent them in the past, it's a great way to test out songs and meet new people while reconnecting with old friends.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
This song was inspired by a picture of an ancient Tibetan mask that has it's roots in early Tibetan mythology. The complete story is complicated, involving many long names and relationships but the gist of it is that "Hiranyakashipu"(Narasimha) had a visitation from "Lord Brahma" after many years of meditation on a mountain top and was informed he could not have immortality but he could choose his own "death wish". He then replied " let not death come to me either by man or beast, nor devil, nor god shall cause my death by day or by night with steel or stone or wood, indoors or outdoors, or earth or in sky. Grant me undisputed lordship over the world. Brahma agreed and Hiranyakashipu got his death wishes granted. Thus he became practically immortal."