An album is born

Things are moving around here again! I think I’ve mentioned before that I was spending quite a lot of time getting Plastiq Musiq, a beloved electronic record label, back off the ground. We just put out our first release, a little music compilation, but today I’m even more excited because the Cascading Slopes album has been released.

The album, A Quaker View of Synthesizers, has been several years in the making. Jacob has been writing this album while spending many a lonely month on the road, supporting his other band. Although I count Jacob as a dear friend, that has nothing to do with my feeling that these are truly some of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in quite some time. I’m really excited about the album and proud of what Jacob has managed to pull off! I’m glad to be helping out, even if in just a small way.

Here’s a music video from the album:

Cascading Slopes

I mentioned that things are a bit slow since I’m out of town. I’m actually playing a couple shows with my old pal Jacob for his new band, Cascading Slopes. Here we are at last Wednesday’s show at Pianos:

Cascading Slopes ShowJacob has got his new album pretty much completed, and I think it sounds really intriguing. It’s a definite step away from a lot of the high-energy, dance-oriented electronic music that the kids like these days, but it also stays clear of drowning in abstract experimentation. Jacob has always had a great love for strong melodies. But in the last few years, he’s also taken inspiration from some of the quieter, overlooked musicians, like Virginia Astely or Kate Bush (ok, maybe Kate Bush isn’t overlooked…but record stores aren’t re-issuing the entire Katie Bush discography like they’re doing for Kraftwerk). Anyway, I think he’s written some really beautiful songs and found a style that is thoroughly his own. I’m looking forward to the album release!

p.s. Cascading Slopes will be playing for the next Wednesdays at Pianos. Hint hint.