Other Songs and Dances, Vol. 1
STAMFORD, CT (PRWEB) November 3, 2006
Backlight Records, a Stamford based independent record label has released their first recording, "Other Songs and Dances, Vol. 1." The compilation features exclusive tracks from Jeff Dueck, Duncan Sheik, Allie Moss, Peter Field, Vesper, Matt Singer, John Bonaventura of Swiss Auto Club, Annie Quick, Holler, Wild Rose!, Ian McGlynn and Matt Hopper.
"A superb compilation." -- Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Planned as a movie soundtrack but ended up a collection of songs that pushed artists to take creative risks." -- Anchorage Daily News
"A very interesting, viral and connected project." -- Indie-Eye Italy
Among the songs on the CD is "A Purple Trail" by Grammy nominated songwriter Duncan Sheik. Co-written with frequent collaborator and playwright Steven Sater for the musical, "The Nightingale", the song features an evocative string arrangement by Simon Hale for the London Session Orchestra.
Also appearing on the CD is the ethereal soundscape of "Victory Shine" - the recording debut of Backlight Records artist, Holler,Wild Rose! Combining ambient environmental textures with subtle rhythms and haunting vocals, "Victory Shine" exemplifies the expressive artistry of this young band.
Called a "soundtrack for the movie we are all still living", "Other Songs and Dances, Vol. 1" joins artists ranging from established songwriters to new discoveries. Each is featured in a setting accenting unique elements of their sound - relating across genre and connecting music without categories.
Peter Field, President of Backlight said of the project, "Almost every songwriter has a couple of favorite songs showing other facets of their musical selves that, for one reason or another, seem to exist outside of what they're usually known for or regularly express. These other songs are the basis for this collection -- a chance for music without a home to meet music born in other contexts that come together to sketch the framework of a new storyline."
Steve Velardo, CEO of Backlight, said, "We hope that this is the beginning of a series of compilations that stand a part from the more traditional compilation models of music samplers and tribute albums. We want each volume in the Other Songs and Dances series to stand alone as its own unique product and story. We feel that Other Songs & Dances Vol. 1 has accomplished just that."
Early publicity for the album reflected on the idea of the compilation:
The compilation as art-form. We can all remember sitting for hours carefully composing the perfect mix tapes for melancholy days, summer night driving and new love.
There's something about telling stories -- your story -- with songs. Some melodies seem like freedom and sometimes a passing lyric can tell us volumes about who we are, were - or would like to be.
Movie soundtracks are only a short step away from these ideas. The music can tell you the stories behind the story - the way the air feels, the rage, the blank stare and the as-yet-invisible shred of hope that may be around the corner. What were our mix tapes but attempts to find the soundtrack to the movie of our lives? This is a movie soundtrack for that film we are all still writing.
We imagined a thousand times how a small smile could appear when that first song confessed our love. We sped up the car to make the dotted lines match the rhythm of a song. We sat and looked out the rainy window at the people passing by and tried to soak in the total immersion of the moment.
We loved it when the repeat function came to CD players. And we still love it when an album feels like it takes you somewhere and tells you a story. When the first song opens a door and the last one gives some sense of closure to a story told in-between.
Almost every songwriter has a couple of favorite songs showing other facets of their musical selves that, for one reason or another, seem to exist outside of what they're usually known for or regularly express. These other songs are the basis for this collection -- a chance for music without a home to meet music born in other contexts that come together to sketch the framework of a new storyline.
There is a moment when anything seems possible. There is, of course, love. There is a moment where it all might go wrong. There's a beginning and an end - and there are other songs and dances.
Backlight Records presents Other Songs and Dances, Vol. 1 - a soundtrack for the movie we are all still living.
Other Songs & Dances Volume 1 is currently available on iTunes, CDbaby, Amazon.com, Echospin and other retail and online outlets. For more info and to listen to samples of the album, you can visit, http://www.myspace.com/osad1.
Other Songs & Dances, Vol. 1
On Sale: November 1, 2006
1. Better Days - Jeff Dueck
2. A Purple Trail - Duncan Sheik
3. Way With Words - Allie Moss
4. City Lights - Peter Field
5. Saigon Grill with Kid - Vesper
6. Lover - Matt Singer
7. Lullaby - John Bonaventura of Swiss Auto Club
8. Rest in the Houses - Annie Quick
9. Victory Shine - Holler, Wild Rose!
10. Catharsis - Ian McGlynn
11. The Absentee - Matt Hopper
12. Michael Remembers - Jeff Dueck
For more information or to schedule an interview
Contact: Steve Velardo, Backlight Records