This is a test, a test of the emergency blogcast system. If this had been a real emergency, say like the end of the world according to pre-Columbian Mesoamerican predictions by the Mayan's, official directions would have followed.
Let's face it, the Mayans make a great calendar but they're not exactly spot on with precise time keeping. Then again maybe we misinterpreted their predictions kinda like a lot of other literature throughout history? Just saying...
Yep, December 21st, 2012 has arrived and 11:11 GMT (5:11am CST) has came and went without much "end of world" carnage.
In celebration of our survival for the human race we're posting our first ever EP Review. Our subject couldn't fit the day and timing for us any better even if we had planned it and actually we did, sorta.
"Tributaries" is Jas Patrick's second release and first EP on Tiny Lion Records - Nashville.
Rock & Soul is an easy way of saying Jas' style is multi-layered with genre blending tendencies seemingly in every piece of music he releases.
"I Know" kicks off the EP with a pocket groove essence that tells the tale of a guy that is certain he doesn't know everything and has realized despite his mistakes or misses the right mind set can lead to his "pot of gold". Swollen guitar expressions that mimic B3 Hammond parts, clean
power chord progressions partner with Jas' dynamic vocal growl [lyric] "So what am I to do with me" during the breakdown. "Rock with flow bounce" is the best description I can give to this great starter.
Piano sustained minor chord rings out to intro "I'm On Time" followed by a semi muted march of brushes across the snare. Just to throw you off, a quick transition to straight beat with a great slow hand guitar riff precede the opening line "I've drove a long mile". Maybe based on one's personal views and how we can't see what other's see exactly the same? Or possibly how everything is not always right or wrong? We all spend our time as we rightfully choose.
Wife, check. Log cabin, check. Smokey Mountains, check. Clean crisp mountain stream, check.
Throw in a lady bug on a deck rail, one kitty cat and a freshly stoked fire place and you have the perfect backdrop for "King For A Day". Imagine the most perfect day with your man or woman or possibly remember it. Yes, it's a love song built around a great acoustic rhythm filled with well
placed harmonies and strings in a great progressive bridge/break. Pride and love is a perfect combination to share with the world and Jas shows it off well here.
Salsa baby and I don't mean the kind with chips. People talk about feel good songs but if this doesn't make you bounce and smile then hang it up cause you're already dead. "Call It Home" features a multi Latin percussion infused rhythm that's hooked up with a descending mamba inspired melody throughout the verses. Busting out into the chorus with a pop/rock feel Jas asks the question, "Will you bring the mattress in?" [Godfather fans will probably get the meaning] followed by "Oye como ves verdad" ("hey you, see truth" or "sounds like you see truth") turnaround. Based on a group of people who were forced from their homes but managed to maintain their spirit, "Call It Home" forces you to replay it at least three times and always leaves a good feel in your bones.
Concept piece, not really but every good artist needs a creative release from their own self and "Donatist" seems to offer that while maintaining consistency. Indian flare mixed with a slight Asian vibe creates a unexpectedly cool intro to this four minute and seven second track.
Personally my first time hearing sitar mixed with banjo as a twin track. It works and makes for a damn interesting sound! Leading a blameless life sounds easy but taking responsibility is kinda like accepting freedom in my own personal experience. "Donatist" speaks the hard truth about
dealing with one's own "right".
Why such good timing as we previously mention? Happy Birthday Jas! Hope you have a great - non end of the world day and we enjoyed having your music apart our first EP review.
For a behind the scenes look at the EP and Jas' music check out "The Making of Tributaries - Official Doc."