Morning Commute: Leo James Conroy – “White Noise”

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Good morning B-Side Ballerinas! (nah, that one isn’t so good) Hope you guys are celebrating your Friday in style. Let’s get it started right with an excellent track from Leo James Conroy. The production on this track is so smooth. It has an analog feel from the very beginning with the excellent bass line that runs the entire song. As someone who tries to sing on occasion (poorly), I can’t help but be insanely jealous of a voice like Leo James Conroy has. It’s perfectly soulful in a way that reminds me a good bit of the lead singer of Kaleo mixed with like Jamie Cullum or someone. I think my favorite part is when everything drops out around 2:20 and then slowly builds itself back up with a background chorus, horns, and of course, that sweet sweet bass line. Let that bass line walk you right into the weekend, where of course, more music from us will be waiting.

Bio: White Noise is Leo James Conroy’s first single on his Debut EP, Plastic Chairs & Cigarette Fumes. Notable contributors to the record include drummer Russ Lawton (who has worked with Phish), background singer Sharlotte Gibson (who has collaborated with Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder), and mastering engineer Barry Grint (who has worked with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Beatles). “White Noise” was produced by Lyell Evans Roeder, and it was recorded in his studio in Los Angeles with additional recording in Vermont and Washington D.C.

LINKS:

https://www.instagram.com/leojamesconroy/

https://www.facebook.com/leojamesconroy/

http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/leo-james-conroy-talks-new-single-white-noise-jeff-buckley/article/525736

Video of the Day: Kensington Road // White Noise

 

Good afternoon guys! Are you feeling the Tuesday after a long weekend blues? I have just the cure! Check out this video and tell me what you think about it. I love the black and white aesthetic, which definitely fits the title and the vibe of the song. I particularly like when the girl first notices the second version of herself in the room, and also the mirror scenes.

There seems to be some sort of moral pondering going on with both of the characters in this hotel room. And then we have the singer overlooking the whole thing and singing AT both characters. My assessment is there is potentially cheating happening, and the two cheaters are feeling the weight of the guilt of the person being cheated on? Or maybe not that at all, let us know what you think in the comments below. And go check out more from Kensington Road right here. 

 

-Caleb

 

Video of the Day: Johnny Raincloud “White Noize”

Johnny Raincloud’s new video, White Noize, is one of those videos that you really want to watch, but then feel guilty for watching it. The song is all about how we are too dependent as a society on our phones, the internet, the white noise in our lives, and we don’t foster relationships like we used to. We have become addicted (foreshadowing, if you’re paying attention) to our devices, and Mike Stortz, the brain behind Johnny Raincloud, wants us to know that it is having detrimental effects on our society and our psyche.

Glued to their screens
Everybody drowns,
And they can’t see
Because they’re looking down

Now, the lyrics may be off by a word or two (or ten, let me know JR, and I can fix them) because I couldn’t find them written out anywhere, but the point is abundantly clear. As someone who just had to change the way that I work on the computer because of neck problems, I can absolutely relate to this. I know it isn’t quite what they’re talking about here, but that’s the beauty of music. It belongs to everyone once it’s put into circulation… ya know… except for the actual song itself and the copyrights and whatnot, but you know what I mean.

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Disclaimer: This part is where I compare Johnny Raincloud to another band.
I noticed on the band’s Bandcamp page that they make take offense to me saying they sound like anyone, but I’m going to go ahead and make a comparison. This Portland, Oregon trio sounds like another PNW band that everyone is familiar with: Modest Mouse. Now hear me out. I’m not talking about “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” hell, I’m not even talking about “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” (Although I wouldn’t say you’re wrong if you made a case for how Good News has similarities). I’m thinking they are an updated version of “The Lonesome Crowded West.” I mean, at that time Modest Mouse was a three piece set as well. Stortz and Isaac Brock have a similar off beat cadence when they sing, and can easily find themselves talking to you or yelling at you in the same measure. The guitar slides around the whammy bar before hitting you with staccato punches, and the bass and drum act as the glue to keep the vocals and lead grounded in something that isn’t too outlandish. I’m sorry if you guys don’t think people’s comparisons are accurate, but when I hear this song, it makes me want to listen to Convenient Parking. They have the cleaner production value like when Modest Mouse broke out, but they still keep that raw power alive that I loved from the earlier stuff. Take the compliment, guys. I really dig your stuff.

Fun fact about the video: They only used one 50 foot roll of film for their Super 8 to make the entire video, and the full project cost $40 to make.

 

-Seth