0038: Bobby T. Lewis – Mighty Was Your Light (2020)

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

Mighty Was Your Light is now available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and everywhere else music is available. Follow Bobby T. Lewis on Spotify to keep up with his future releases.

0037: Bobby T. Lewis – Moon Pie (2020)

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!

0035: Daniel Ruiz – Saturn’s Rings Got Replaced by an Ad (2019)

Today, on September 10th, 2019, Daniel Ruiz released Saturn’s Rings Got Replaced by an Ad on the independent music label, Santa Rosa Records.

The album is a cryptic slow dance through the psychedelic seas of broken hearts and unsung lullabies. It’s an evolution of sound that very well could be approaching the sonic apex.

Now sit back, burn one down, and soak in the heavy vibrations from the poet of despair, Daniel Ruiz. You’ll be sad if you don’t.

The EP will soon be available on cassette, and vinyl in the near future. Please stay tuned my friends. And don’t forget to give Ruiz a follow on Spotify.

0034: Henry Raker – Holy Shapes (2019)

On August 30th, 2019, Henry Raker released ‘Holy Shapes’ on the independent label, Santa Rosa Records.

The album is a conscious stream of semi-freeform alternative jazz packaged in a flowing five part suite that seems to bleed the artistic brilliance of a young, and emerging experimental artist.

The lyrics seemingly capture those sort of spiritual and unexplainable experiences we all seem to share, yet tend to forget. So, when you’re having your next existential meltdown, simply set aside your anxiety and turn on some Henry Raker.

‘Holy Shapes’ is now streaming on all major platforms, and vinyl records and cassettes are also on the horizon. Be sure to keep up with Raker on Instagram. And give him a follow on Spotify!

0033: Henry Raker – If You Think (2019)

Friday, July 19th, Henry Raker released the wistful single “If You Think” on the independent label — Santa Rosa Records.

The enigmatic track emits a certain emotion of cool jazz, imminent loneliness, and is infused with an experimental brilliance that would make even the great John Coltrane blush. It’s quite simply sublime.

Henry wrote and produced the track, Brendan Wright mixed and mastered it,  Paul Goldfinger played bass on it, and Mike Milano held down the drums.

A new album is on the horizon — so please stay tuned my friends. More is soon to come.