On a crisp December 5th, in the year 2021, Bobby T. Lewis released Sweet Summer Spirit on the independent label, Santa Rosa Records. And as the cryptic rain came down on a dark December night, a winsome melody resonated with my tired spirit.
What it was, I couldn’t quite pinpoint, but one thing I felt for certain was an overwhelming sense of peace. A reprieve from evil — in low fidelity mind you.
A cool dewdrop on a hot summer morning. A warm kitten curled up by the fire on a cold night. An old record sputtering music from an ancient age — both dead and gone, but an age that was never really forgotten. These are the emotions that pique upon the brains of those who dabble in the sonic iridescence of Bobby’s latest project, Sweet Summer Spirit.
What was once a shallow well of electrified madness, is now a stripped down landscape of timeless beauty.
As the ghostly vocals pierce through the misty soundscape of Bobby’s latest release, it reminds one of a time that was almost lost, but a time that was never really found. It’s an intermission of sorts — preparing for the path ahead.
Sweet Summer Spirit is sunshine at dawn — deep within the rolling hills of Missouri. A radiant sound that is both bright and introspective, yet ever so tenuous and distraught with heartbreak — disturbed only by a single drop of rain.
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On a solemn Sunday, November 28th, in the year 2021, Bobby T. Lewis released the single, “Hidalgo Night”, on the independent label, Santa Rosa Records.
The track is an introspective tune filled with heartfelt sadness. But a tune that will lift your spirit, and carry you off to a better place. When all seems lost, simply lay your head down, close your eyes, and drift off to a place of romance and broken dreams.
And now, here it is, the sole single off of Bobby’s upcoming EP, Sweet Summer Spirit.
“One mic for drums, a vintage telephone receiver for vocals, and a one-eyed kitty (who slept on my kick pedal while in use) made the experience extra special. I am constantly reminded that the moment is all we have. Life is good, my friends. I hope that you enjoy.” – Bobby
Special thanks to Ryan O’Malley, Chase Mussey, John Sawyer, and Pirate! Go buy yourself a rad lo-fi mic from Sawyer Cigar Box Guitars! All hail analog.
Definition of an·he·do·nia: A psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts.
It was six years ago as I sat in the darkness of the Texas hill country. Santa Rosa Records was merely a fantastic dream in my head. I knew not how or when, but felt that it had to be done. So I opened my heart, and here we are six years later with yet another beautiful release sitting upon the table.
On this day, July 28th, in the year 2021, Dean Rivers released his debut EP Anhedonia on the independent label, Santa Rosa Records.
The prodigious project is a throwback to those now dead and gone, yet intertwines a new and fresh sonic vibration. A vibration dripping with elements of psychedelia, rock and roll, and avant-garde experimentalism.
The five track EP is a nostalgic slow dance through the bizarre fabric of our universe.
No matter how hard the journey becomes, or how far the path takes you, just remember that there is and always will be beauty in this world. And artists like Dean are living proof of this overarching universal truth. Now, strap in, and prepare yourself for a trip of lifetime. There will be turbulence ahead.
Anhedonia is now available everywhere music is distributed. Stream it today on YouTube or iTunes. And be sure to give Dean a follow on Spotify.
“I wasted all my life, just to sit in front of you.” – Streams of Consciousness, Dean Rivers