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Our Violet Room’s “Falling” Details Heartbreak in an Upbeat, Indie-Rock Form

With indie rock sensibilities and thoughtful candour, Our Violet Room’s “Falling” is a deceivingly upbeat song about the pain of heartbreak.

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With indie rock sensibilities and thoughtful candour, Our Violet Room’s “Falling” is a deceivingly upbeat song about the pain of heartbreak. “Falling,” which is the fifth single released in anticipation for Our Violet Room’s (Matthew Birch) debut album, shares the details of a crumbled relationship. Singing through his emotions, Birch is honest about where he’s at after the breakup. He bares all his confusion and pain upfront and attempts to deal with it.

He explains that the song was about “talking [himself] through the end of a relationship,” and by engaging in “self-talk” through the song, he was able to move on. In the chorus, he sings, “So let the past be past and move ahead to the dreams that you have dreamt inside your head. You say that I’m falling, and I’m falling over you.” Despite this being his most upbeat indie-rock song, Birch doesn’t derive from the cinematic twist characteristic of his music. In the bridge, right when it sounds like the song might end, Birch brings listeners back in with the sound of horns and driving percussion. In this way, it’s as if he’s sonically signalling a brighter future in which he can move forward from the pain.

While he repeats the chorus once more, there’s a change in tone to what Birch is singing as he admits in the end that although he was falling, now he’s “here to say, I’m over you.” Finding empowerment and a new stride, the song ends on a positive and peaceful note. “Falling” is the fifth track off of Birch’s upcoming debut album, Not Where I Thought I’d Be. The 7-track album chronologically details the story of a relationship from its bright beginnings to its bitter end.

A deep love of movie scores and the composers that made them, alongside an admiration and passion for folk music, is the base of the music that Birch creates under the moniker Our Violet Room. An “indie singer-songwriter with a cinematic twist,” Birch got his musical start in 2018 by playing SoFar Sound shows – first in Denver but soon all over the world. A humble story of overcoming depression, working hard, and diving headfirst into his dream, Birch only has one goal…. to make thoughtful, well-made, emotional art that inspires his listeners and causes them to feel.

Cover art for “Falling” by Our Violet Room

His music has been compared to the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, and Coldplay for its lush atmosphere, emotional lyrics, and cinematic arrangements and has quickly launched his music career with two songs featured on FreeForm’s Good Trouble series and two songs featured in a Magnolia feature film. “Making movie scores has been a dream of mine, and to look at each song as a little movie score has been a great way of creating,” says Birch. Thus far in his career, Birch has released two EPs – Our Violet Room and the live EP Loss and Death in Winter – alongside a handful of singles.

Mixing folk and cinematic soundscapes seem to be working for the emerging artist, as his songs have a combined 500,000 streams. “ I don’t go for cool or hip; I go for what moves me.”

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival Returns for its 11th Year!

Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA.

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA. The Marshfield Fairgrounds will host the likes of Sublime with original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Tash Sultana, Mt. Joy, the Dirty Heads, and many more.

The music festival originally started as a surf shop’s 10-year anniversary party and is now the premier boutique music and arts festival for the region. The festival features national and local acts while including the arts with vendors and installations throughout the grounds. The festival is a family-friendly event, including a kids zone with interactive activities.

On top of bringing together the East Coast community, one percent of each ticket sold will go to the Levitate Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by creating and conserving access to music, art and the outdoors.

With the reunion of Sublime and several powerhouse appearances, this year’s Levitate is sure to be a must-attend event. The festival runs from July 5th through the 7th, 2024. Tickets are on sale now here. See you there!

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Tom Cheshire Premieres His Crucial New Single “Forgiveness”

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Tom Cheshire, photo courtesy of Tom Cheshire Band
Tom Cheshire, photo courtesy of Tom Cheshire Band

Musicians don’t usually go into the writing and recording of a debut album as well prepared as Tom Cheshire. Most often young and inexperienced, it’s usually a challenging learning experience for the young artist. But not for Cheshire, a man who has run across the musical spectrum over the last 25 years.

Today, the Tom Cheshire Band premieres their brand new single, “Forgiveness.” It’s from Cheshire’s forthcoming solo debut, Everything Is New Again. Cheshire wants to make clear that the Tom Cheshire Band is still a group, but it’s his solo project and a representation of him as a solo artist. “Forgiveness” is notable for so many reasons, but what’s perhaps most notable about it is how it represents Cheshire as a solo artist. It’s one of those career-defining tracks representing everything he is as a musician.

Although easily digestible, the song is musically complex, conjoining many different styles. It’s got a kind of outsider’s Americana sound with a Southern gothic vibe. Think of a combination of Tom Waits and Johnny Cash with a street-punk attitude.

Discussing the song, its origins, and how it relates to the record, Cheshire states:

“‘Forgiveness’ was originally a song I recorded with West End Motel. It wound up on our 2012 Warner Bros. record, Only Time Can Tell. The song was brought to us by my good friend Mike Shina, who was in my old bands Rent Boys, West End Motel with me, and also currently plays in TCB. When he first came up with the idea, we were on tour with West End Motel in the mountains outside of Asheville, N.C., and we’d spent the night in this cabin. Early in the morning, I got up and Shina was outside already, and it was clear he’d been up for a while working on something. So he says listen to this, and starts playing an early version of what would become ‘Forgiveness.’ Immediately, it blew me away.

“For Everything Is New Again, the idea was to revisit and reimagine some of the songs I’d recorded in the past alongside a few new songs. With ‘Forgiveness’ we slowed it down considerably and approached the guitars in a very different way. Brent Hinds (West End Motel, Mastodon) played guitar on the original version, and he’s the best guitar player. What he had done on it almost sounded like something from an Indian wedding, like he’s playing sitar or something. It was beautiful and lovely. But on the new version, it sounds like we took some heavy stuff out in the desert. It’s dark and trippy.

“Over time, you hope you get better at things. I know my voice is way better than it was a more than a decade ago when we first recorded ‘Forgiveness.’ I’m a much better singer now, and I really like how the vocal came out. We also fooled around with updating the lyrics a bit. The world’s such a mess these days, so at the end of the song we sing, ‘This land has chosen silence’ because there aren’t nearly enough people speaking up. So it’s become a bit of a political statement.”

Cheshire approached the writing and recording of Everything Is New Again with much ambition. He wanted this to be a definitive statement of who he has become as a musician. It’s a culmination of his 25-year career, a record born out of an enormous amount of experience in the underground music and arts scene. Aside from West End Motel, Cheshire also fronted Atlanta cult band Rent Boys and All Night Drug Prowling Wolves. He’s using this debut solo effort as a way of starting afresh, both personally and musically.

Cheshire has had previous battles with anxiety and depression, and writing Everything Is New Again helped him fall in love with music again. That shows through on the record, an album focused on hope, friendship, love, and brotherhood. This album is a renaissance for Cheshire, a symbol of how, in rock n’ roll, you’re never really ever out of the game.

Everything Is New Again Track Listing:

1. I Can’t Hold On
2. New York Waltz
3. Forgiveness
4. She’s on Fire
5. Take the Place
6. Dirty Your Heart
7. The Devil Called me Tommy
8. Mr. Champ
9. All the Witches
10. Santiago

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Django McLear Folkabilly Maestro Drops “Eye of the Storm”

Berlin, Feb 10, 2024 – Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16.

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Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16. Known for his distinct style, drawing inspiration from legends like The White Buffalo and Johnny Cash, McLear’s powerful ballad echoes resilience.

As the 11th track, “Eye of the Storm,” wraps up the strategic waterfall release, depicting a journey through life’s tempests. McLear, a one-man band, showcases his multi-instrumentalist skills in this heartfelt creation. Following Folkabilly tradition, the song embraces a powerful ballad style, narrating resilience in the face of challenges. Recorded in McLear’s Berlin home studio, it follows the previous single “A Ramblin’ Man,” and combines evocative melodies with heartfelt lyrics.

“Eye of the Storm” is a metaphorical refuge in the tumult of life’s challenges. McLear’s lyrics portray an unwavering determination to stand tall amidst adversity. The song’s emotional landscape weaves through personal trials, offering a narrative of strength and growth, ultimately finding calm within the chaos. The main message is: “I don’t break.”

Debuting on Spotify and YouTube on Feb 16, the song promises a crescendo of emotion, marking the final chapter of the album’s strategic release. Django McLear plans an extensive social media campaign and live performances across Berlin post-release. “Eye of the Storm” takes center stage, serving as the emotional centrepiece in shows, embodying the essence of a wandering troubadour.

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