cloudlight's debut ep is a beautiful dreamscape of sounds. jessica fogle, aka jessica in the rainbow, has a siren like voice; like you'd imagine a mystic guide through a dark forest to have. she also plays the piano through out the album. bryan ralph adds melodious guitar and ukulele to the mix, and vocals reminiscent of brian ring of the duluth, mn band lion or gazelle. the newest addition to cloudlight is mackenzie carlson and he plays the electric mandolin - enough said. "the name is inspired by their time together in northern michigan, traveling around michigan’s pinky on a slightly overcast but otherwise lovely day." and after hearing their music i'd have to say it's definitely a fitting name. like viewing the light of a fresh sunrise beaming through the clouds as you're coming down from a psychedelic trip, cloudlight's whimsical sound gently carries you to your happy place with a newfound sense of clarity. the instruments sound raw and authentic, and they seem to weave effortlessly in front of, behind and alongside the vocals creating a powerful and dynamic wave of smooth sound. this ep is euphorically beautiful in an original way, exposing listeners to sounds that seem to inspire contentment and even comfort embracing and expressing your truest self. continue reading below to learn more about cloudlight from band members jessica and bryan.
cloudlight will be at speakez this evening at 8pm, event page here.
you can also preorder their album and receive two tracks here.
like them on facebook here.
stream some of their music here.
Macamillion used beats that we all recognize on some of these tracks. At first I honestly didn’t know how to feel about that. Normally I find that artists struggle to make the tracks sound original due to the influence of the original song. However, Mac really approached the beats with a completely different style. Mac's vocals on these tracks take me back; he reminds me of rappers like Three Six Mafia, Lil Wyte, and Pastor Troy. Mac has that classic rough and raw flow. He's based out of Hillside in Duluth, MN and he talks about the real shit that goes on in that small town that even most residents are unaware of. On top of that he throws in slick diss tracks and smooth one liners that'll steal ya' girl. Mac has a very Flatbush Zombies-like theatrical voice full of passion in a lot of these tracks which really adds a sense power and intention behind his rhymes.
When asked about the album Macamillion said “I waited years to put a project I was proud of all the way around. No one had done all industry tracks in so long just barz no song format just back to rapping I feel like I proved again why I'm one of the best to ever come from hillside.” Don't sleep on this album, especially if you live in Duluth! Mac's work is a very important poetic response to life in Hillside. Support local artists.
Listen to this album and Macamillion's other work here.
.A response to the measurement of time created by Mackenzie Tucker and Elizabeth Bush.
"Why do I say that nature does not produce? The original meaning of the word suggests the contrary: to lead out and forward, to bring forth from the depths. And yet, nature does not labour: it is even one of its defining characteristics that it creates. What it creates, namely individual ‘beings’, simply surges forth, simply appears. Nature knows nothing of these creations – unless one is prepared to postulate the existence within it of a calculating god or providence. A tree, a flower or a fruit is not a ‘product’ – even if it is in a garden. A rose has no why or wherefore; it blooms because it blooms. It does not know that it is beautiful, that is smells good, that it embodies a symmetry of the nth order. It is surely almost impossible not to pursue further or to return to such questions. ‘Nature’ cannot operate according to the same teleology as human beings. The ‘beings’ it creates are works; and each has ‘something’ unique about it even if it belongs to a genus and a species: a tree is a particular tree, a rose is a particular rose, a horse is a particular horse. Nature appears as the vast territory of births. ‘Things’ are born, grow and ripen, then wither and die. The reality behind these words is infinite. As it deploys its forces, nature is violent, generous, bountiful, and above all open. Nature’s space is not staged. To ask why this is so is a strictly meaningless question: a flower does not know that it is a flower any more than death knows upon whom it is visited. If we are to believe the word ‘nature’, with its ancient metaphysical and theological credentials, what is essential occurs in the depths. To say ‘natural’ is to say spontaneous. But today nature is drawing away from us, to say the very least. It is becoming impossible to escape the notion that nature is being murdered by ‘anti-nature’ – by abstraction, by signs and images, by discourse, as also by labour and its products. Along with God, nature is dying. ‘Humanity’ is killing both of them – and perhaps committing suicide into the bargain."
- Excerpt taken from Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space Excerpt from chapter Social Space.
Ape Not Kill Ape is a Grand Rapids based self-described trench-funk outfit. They've really been on the come up in the underground music scene drawing consistent crowds in and near Grand Rapids. Ape Not Kill Ape is now about to embark on a spring east coast tour with fellow trench-funk band Sojii. But first ANKA has a couple things to share with us.
First, the music video below. This music video begins with powerful spoken-word style poetry speaking about the corruption found in the city accompanied by fleeting imagery. Then we see the band and we are taken away by their psychedelic, gritty sound. But the vivid poetry never stops. As those who have had the opportunity to hear ANKA know, each of their songs is an exquisite work of art. This visual representation of ANKA is sure to help tide over faithful Grand Rapids concert goers as ANKA shares their sound with the east coast.
Tomorrow ANKA is releasing a twelve track album titled "Bushman" that they recorded at Goon Lagoon. This album is packed with all of the amazing songs you are likely to see at a ANKA live performance. They've been performing these tracks for awhile now and finally the public is about to be blessed with the ability to stream ANKA whenever they desire. The album has a consistent dark poetic style that is sure to haunt listeners. But don't get me wrong, this isn't dark in the sense that you'll wanna turn off all the lights in your bedroom, lay down and cry to it. It's dark in an empowering way that will send energy flowing through your body and cause you to stick it to the man. The feeling of ANKA's music is reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the sense that it is impossible to ignore the true artistry and emotion put into each song. The conglomerate of noises coming from band members Adis Kaltak, Brett Dame, Cam Frank and Allen McAllister unite to create a cohesive cacophony that comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable. Words really do not do this album justice, so stream it yourself tomorrow via ANKA's Soundcloud. Physical copies of the album will be released April 8th at Vertigo Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Find Ape Not Kill Ape's east coast tour dates here.
Be sure to catch them when they return to Grand Rapids at the Pyramid Scheme, event page here.
Erika Mugglin is a Los Angeles based artist focusing on photography, mixed media and performance. Mugglin's photography, on the surface, is reminiscent of a serene technicolor daydream. She uses reflective surfaces to create interesting light patterns in her pieces which provides a psychedelic tone that coincides with her overall aesthetic. Mugglin's subject matter almost always involves the human form, and commonly some aspect of the form is abstracted. Her trippy alterations to her model's appearances cause the viewer to appreciate the physical form in a different way. An inspirational feminist artist challenging the way we observe the female form in a way that is beautiful within itself. It is hard to view Mugglin's photography without wishing to be immersed in a rainbow world like the one she has shared with us. I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions regarding common themes in her work and the other things she's involved in as an artist.
Read more to learn about Erika Mugglin & visit her website here.
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