Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Musician/Band Bio: Weather Pending ~ member of Digital Bliss Productions

Weather Pending is a San Francisco quartet that makes music with a subtle electronic groove that brings together jazz, pop, rock, dub reggae, hip hop, and world music. The band creates smoky late night grooves with a deep romantic resonance highlighted by Janie Oliver’s honey and gunpowder vocals. The resulting music is hard to categorize. Call it sultry songs with a cinematic, one drop, hip hop flavor if you like, pop music for grown ups with a cosmopolitan vibe that’s both unique and strangely familiar, with exceptional warmth and a quiet intensity all its own.


Musician/Band Bio: Return To Mono ~ member of Digital Bliss Productions

Return To Mono music bio:

Return To Mono formed in 2006, with members Tanya Kelleher, Andy Sybilrud and J.G. Paulos. They've been described by Keyboard magazine as "Repositioning the proven hybrid of edgy female vocals & dark, grooving electronics used by Garbagem Portishead & Mechanical Birds." While hailing their EP Involution as "Original, sophisticated, skillfully crafted, and highly listenable."
Their upcoming full length album Framebreaker is an electronic rock manifesto with undercurrents of lush spacey ambiance. delivering crunchy beats, swirling guitars, deep electronic landscapes and "Full bodied vocals that just drip with sultriness."


Monday, April 19, 2010

Musician/Band Bio: Artemis ~ member of Digital Bliss Productions

Artemis music bio:
If such a joyous sonic welter as the music of Oakland's Artemis needs a handle, then call it “pavement psychedelia,” or “urban robot raga” or “trip-pop.” On a song like “Hypno,” spectral keyboard washes and sinuous dance beats set up a feeling of warm alienation before the singer's voice heats things further. Over the thump and shimmer, she croons with detached fervor, the production dissolving in a storm of pixie-dust disco until a rude riot of effects snaps the tether and she vanishes. Aesthetically, the band is a poppier variant on trip-hop, with layers of beats and synth effects providing atmospherics for sophisticated classic rock song structures and the velvet swoop of Artemis's vocals.

Artemis co-produces and performs with various members of the RTFM collective, which includes the polymathic likes of Daniel Berkman (aka Colfax, multi-instrumentalist and wizard of the kora, a twelve-string harp-lute used extensively in West African music), Cliff Tune (the drummer, who adds to orthodox skin-pounding masses of programmed beats layered for pallidly funky effect) and Keith Crusher (producer, programmer and sonic theoretician) lowering the ambient temperature to dry-ice.
Despite the variety of syncretic means, the whole wraps around the singer in true rockist fashion like a flash-frozen Big Brother & the Holding Company. The music pulses with downtempo beats while ambient sound FX sinks tethers from the world outside into the listener only to pull them pleasantly loose with the band's coruscating riffs and hooky churn. Artemis presides over this aural slow-burn like one of Wim Wenders' angels; warm, wise, detached and waiting for you...