This year was a long one, but it’s almost over my fair-weather friends. And now as you wait upon the coming year, just remember always that from the mud we will arise once again and return to the stars.
All is not lost. A new day beckons and the sun will peak its head over the horizon. Fear only the master, for love will rule supreme in the end. Now drink up, for tonight may just be your last night on this little lonely planet we like to call earth.
Before that inevitable day of doom arrives, we will help you get through these last few weeks of darkness. Indeed, we now present to you the very best music videos (featured right here on Santa Rosa Records) from the dire year of 2020. Now may be at least somewhat merry this holiday season. You all deserve it. Perhaps you all aren’t so filthy after all.
And now to send us off into the darkness of winter are The Velvoids, an underground project based out of Athens. Hideaway, a Denver-based artist, songwriter, and producer known as Jeff Cormack (an individual who creates indie music infused with luscious harmonies dripping with that glorious vibration known as reverb). Bobby T. Lewis, an alternative folk artist out of Springfield, Missouri. Novelty Island, a psychedelic rock project from planet earth. The one and only psych-rock collective known as the Shattercones. Charley Crockett, an outlaw country artist out of Texas. The beautiful indie pop princess, Jessica Lea Mayfield. And the super psychedelic pop project dubbed Baby FuzZ.
We hope that you enjoy! And remember that these tracks are all slow burners, so be sure to give them at least a couple spins.
“ASPIDISTRA” by The Velvoids (Basement Sessions)
“South Of France” by Hideaway
“Moon Pie” by Bobby T. Lewis
“The End of the Whirl” by Novelty Island
“Oppenheimer” by Shattercones”
“Lily My Dear” by Charley Crockett
“Daddy Boyfriend” by Jessica Lea Mayfield
“Acid Night” by Baby FuzZ
Well, we hope that you enjoyed the music, and although this year has been particularly difficult for many, one cannot help but feel that these recent events have been necessary for our survival. A sort of trial to strengthen us for what is to come.
“What does not kill me makes me stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (1888)
Now take some time off, try and spend some quality time with loved ones, and prepare yourself for the year ahead because it’s going to be a wild one. After all. what goes in, must come out.
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On a bright and crisp autumn morning, just weeks before the winter solstice, in the calamitous year of 2020, Bobby T. Lewis released his debut EP Mighty Was Your Light on the independent label, Santa Rosa Records.
The album is a faded expression of experimental brilliance in low fidelity. A beautiful work of transcendental folk art that’s fit for a melancholy morning of pastries and coffee with loved ones.
The imperfections sewn into the fabric of the album are what makes it truly shine. From the chirping birds to the hazy lo-fi melodies that cut right to the heart — Mighty Was Your Light is a relative reflection of a modest man who has traveled through the valley and returned home to the light.
In the end, Mighty Was Your Light is nothing less than a classic set of minimalistic tracks that will age like a fine libation and make the butterflies in your chest flutter with hope.
“Most of this EP was recorded in 2014, shortly after my son was born. I recorded it next to the crib that my parents bought for him. I figured it wasn’t good enough to release, so I shelved it. I was still finding my voice. It is far from perfect.
The next few years were some of the most challenging that I have ever experienced. I lost a lot during that time, including my mom, dad, and little sister, who died in a car accident.
Sorting through the collective aftermath of so much loss and the joy of knowing my sweet son, I started playing music again. During a late-night recording session, “Fenwick’s Art of Dying” was captured. Based on a book about near-death experiences, death is painted as a second chance. Fittingly so, it finds a place on this EP.
These songs are dedicated to my loving mom. May her wave goodbye featured on the cover be a mere “see you later.”” – Bobby T. Lewis
Well, 2020 is winding down, the leaves have turned, and death is in the air – so what could be better than brewing up a pot of coffee, kicking back, lighting one up, and soaking in some radical vibrations of the underground.
On deck we have three artists who are teetering on the fringe. Artists whose sonic textures range from oceanic soundscapes to lighter indie-pop moods. And although the spectrum may be eclectic, rest assured that the art you are about to receive is authentic and honest to the bone.
This is the Deep
And as always, all the tracks here at Santa Rosa Records are picked by hand and featured on our Spotify playlist, [fresh] lo-fi indie of the underground. The playlist features a diverse range of independent slow burners that are mellow in nature and psychedelic to a certain extent. Playlist is updated regularly, so give it a follow you filthy animal.
Sunday, November 29th, in the infamous year of 2020, Bobby T. Lewis released his debut single “Moon Pie” on the independent label, Santa Rosa Records.
The coming out track is a gentle and soothing meditation upon the delicate nature of life. A winsome melody in low fidelity. Indeed, a beacon of iridescent light in a cosmos enshrouded in mist and confusion. In summary, the song entails the long and lonesome journey back home, with only the moonlight to light the way, and seems to bring comfort to all who listen.
“I figured it wasn’t good enough to release, so I shelved it. I was still finding my voice. It is far from perfect. I hope that you enjoy.” – Bobby T. Lewis
“Moon Pie”, along with the rest of the tracks off of Bobby’s upcoming album “Mighty was Your Light” (release date slated for 12/6/2020) were recorded shortly after the birth of his son, next to a crib that Bobby’s parents had bought for him.
The music was written by Bobby T. Lewis. Christopher Mitchell was the Director of Photography, Alex Ke the First Assistant Camera, and the enchanting animation was done by the one and only Chase Mussey. And a special thanks to Chris Hanzek, Jordan Essary, and Mike Parish @ 424 Recording.
“Moon Pie” was recorded on four-track cassette — all hail analog. Procure the single today over on bandcamp, and be sure to give Bobby a follow on Spotify!