Thanks for coming back the Audio Gumshoe offices. I see you’ve found the envelope that I had placed on the top of the stack. This band, Apparitions, released an EP on October 15, 2013. They have confused me, though. They were post-hardcore. Now, it seems, they have released an acoustic style collection of tunes. See what else you can find out about them. I gave you some leads in the info below.
Oh, by the way, if you find any more information about this band, be sure to share it on your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or other social media accounts. It will help them be found by others much more quickly.
“A solo album that I can only describe as magnificent. So inspired, anything thus guy touches is genius, from guitar to bass to… mellotron? Oh yes, you know you want this.” Veins Dried Out
“A seriously amazing album, this will f**king move you, seriously SERIOUSLY brilliant! Go and listen to it, I WILL be checking!” Nick Tann Is This Thing On Podcast
“Ghost is a far more mature, multi-faceted release, which sees him finding his true artistic and creative voice, integrating influences more fluidly and satisfactorily and if he maintains this creative purple patch, provides a platform for even greater achievements to come.” Stumpy Bunker
Every now and then an artist does things that I’ve thought, “I should’ve been able to do that!” But… I never did. Matt Stevens has taken the tools available to most guitarists and learned how to make them do what he wants them to do: help make great music. His technique for looping — or live multi-layered performance — has enabled him to provide music for audiences beyond the typical solo acoustic guitar performance.
According to Matt’s web site:
He has composed for short films (including the award winning Daddys Little Helper) and his live work is often compared to watching a one man guitar orchestra or wall of sound.
He has just released his second album Ghost. His well received first album Echo is also available. [links to both are below]
I’ve been a fan of Matt Stevens since I heard tracks from his album Echo. I’m also very impressed with his ability to create a buzz through online opportunities such as Twitter, Facebook and UStream. He performs live on UStream.tv frequently. This has helped him build fans and audiences across the globe.
“By using Twitter and Facebook, he has created a buzz about his music both solo and with the amazing ‘Fierce and the Dead’ combo (look out for the astonishing ‘Part 1’ release – www.fierceandthedead.com) , collaborative efforts such as the innovative Cafenoodle, and by clever use of online gigs and public rehearsals via Ustream. Well known for his use of live and recorded looping techniques, Stevens is beginning to widen and improve his creative vision exponentially.”
Pick up a copy of Matt Stevens’ album, “Ghost”, to get a fully explore his talents. Be sure to visit the links below to learn more about him and to purchase his music.
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Robert Rolfe Feddersen
Got Milk? Robert Rolfe Feddersen does! On his latest record “MILKMAN,” acoustic guitar and great stories abound. Tales of hard labor, strange places, tough times and optimism set the tone for this folk rock original. So pull up a milk crate, pour yourself a glass, and drink it in… the Milkman is here!
I was quite surprised to receive a CD in the mail from Robert Rolfe Feddersen. Not that receiving CDs is such a surprise — it’s just that I’ve not been accepting them from artists in quite awhile. The stacks of inventory for song submissions to the show began to pile up and I decided that it is just as productive and efficient to accept mp3 submissions.
Regardless, this one showed up and I popped it into the player to see what it was all about. I’ll admit, it may have ended up in the stack for future consideration if not for the artwork on the cover (by Andrew Kerkstra) and for Robert’s decision to use a more ecologically friendly package than the standard jewel case.
Once the tunes started, I found myself listening all the way through the CD. Often, I find myself listening to the first 30 seconds or so of a song before adding a song or artist to the “possible play” sheet. Once I have a list of candidates, I will typically listen to an entire song to decide which makes the show and which gets cut. Some artists have a single song that I find valuable. That is not enough to consider them as a feature artist, so they often never make it to Audio Gumshoe.
That I listened to the entire CD without stopping says a lot for the music of Robert Rolfe Feddersen. I found his simple approach to the music, typically acoustic guitar and his voice, with a few harmonies for flavor, to be a very pleasant listen. His story telling makes it all work. He seems like a typical guy, living a typical life, who writes songs about what he knows. That appeals to me. It’s what I do, too.
From his bio:
Robert Rolfe Feddersen is a singer/songwriter from Crown Point, Indiana. Robert has been a contestant on “The Price is Right” (with Bob Barker!), taken the stage with Metallica, recorded with Steve Albini, Johnny K., Joe Baresi, and has written music for more than thirty films, tv shows and video games collectively throughout his career.
In the show I share a little about Crown Point, Indiana. As a born and bred Hoosier, I’m often amused to be able to talk a bit about the state.
– Sucker for a Sad Girl
– I’ll Save the World
– Chebanse (as music bed for narration)