The end of March is a tumultuous time, as the weather finds its place in between winter and spring, we all collectively get used to it being a brand new year, and thousands of musicians around the world suddenly realize that the NPR Tiny Desk Contest is right around the corner and scramble to get together an entry to hopefully catch the attention of the universe. Out of this swirling mass, the calm, playful, and spiritual tones of Treneti’s video “Ra Recorded” caught my eyes, ears, and heart.
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Armed with “only” a bass, and backed by only drummer Peter Ryan, Treneti spins an assured mythology through the song “Ra Recorded”. I will begin by letting her speak for herself: “To understand the story of Ra Recoded, first you have to understand bit about the nature of my Being. I am one who channels sacred memory of the Earth and human time lines on the planet. This cosmic energy field is called the Akashic Records. This is the space I tap into to receive healing messages for myself, others and the place from which I receive psalms. “Ra Recoded” is a continuation of another psalm I received simply titled “Ra”.
You can continue to read the rest of her amazing story, which was a direct response to NPR reaching out to ask about the song, on her Facebook Page.
I met Treneti during some time spent taking an energetic body movement class, and I can attest to her amazing ability to download and disseminate information, whether it be through music, movement, energy, or meditation. It is not often that a live video is able to truly capture the essence of an artists reach through reality, but this one does. You can catch her playing around town, and participating in a number of healing ceremonies and charity events by checking out the schedule on her website: www.soulfulresonance.com
It is not often you receive a literal road map to go along with an album by a new artist on bandcamp, but with Arbor Daze’s “Dispatches From The Void”, we are in luck that a well documented path is laid out for us. Here is a list from their page:
“Ideal places and situations to listen to this album:
-red eye flight to a foreign country
-driving past a place you used to live, but don’t anymore
-in a cave, literally or metaphorically
-while you’re looking in the mirror wondering how exactly you got stuck with the particular body you’re in.
-after a panic attack about mortality “
Arbor Daze is the solo project of multi instrumental songwriter Aspen Koch, who during live performances makes expert use of loop pedals to weave excellent sound textures which excellently act as a great canvass for her songs and melodies. A lot of times, loop pedal guitarists seem to just loop themselves out into the stratosphere of the Noise Realm, but Arbor Daze tunes are actually very well crafted songs, with almost a theatrical feel to them, but also seem to have a lot of a more cinematic emo influences to them as well. On “Dispatches From The Void”, lead songwriter Aspen Koch is also joined by Kris Savitski on percussion, synths, and other noises.
Check out Arbor Daze’s Facebook Page for gigs, and the Bandcamp for more music!
“Cascadia” off of The Multiversal Adventures of Whysir: Journey Through The Hallway of Always, is a three way powerhouse of local PDX indie rap and hip hop. Three all time greats: Whysir, Empress, and Galloping Strider, come together to direct a movie of a single on par with The Matrix: collecting together an ambient cyberpunk beat, mundane splice of life lyrics, and spiritual science fiction cosmology to hit a back that breaks down walls faster than a kaleidoscope. You can find out more about each artist on their individual pages, and keep hitting repeat over and over again.
Dropping this aesthetically strong video on the first day of 2019, Tazha The Diviner has unleashed an infectious beat into the world. With a lavender confidence, this spellcaster, graphic designer, musician, and artist has given us a great gift to start off the new year. Part call to arms, part motivational speech, “Living” has a healing quality to it, and if you let it, it can flow through you.
You can stop their main website to see all the amazing projects they do, and follow them on instagram @Tazhathediviner
Get your 2019 started off right and chill by checking out a new single by Toughboy titled “Sleeves”. Did you work way too hard in 2018? “Sleeves” has a great mood: it’s got a relaxed beat, but also feels determined and confused. As someone who cuts all of my clothes up and down in order to find a way to make them fit my body in a way that makes me feel gender-a-okay, I related to this song a lot. Musically it feels like a way better and more interesting version of Weezer, but if Weezer hadn’t turned terrible and had the epiphany to stop turning up places they weren’t wanted.
You can find this single, as well as a slew of other work by this artist, on their bandcamp page, and follow them more on instagram at @toughboy.online