Waterslide: Everything Changes in a Moment

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Songwriter-producer Mark Doyon's new music arrives on 'Lincoln Signal.'

U.S. independent label Wampus Multimedia introduces 'Lincoln Signal,' the debut album from postmodern rock collective Waterslide. Songwriter-producer Mark Doyon previously released albums as Arms of Kismet and Wampeters, and published the short-story collection 'Bonneville Stories.'

'Lincoln Signal' tells the story of Dick Drake, an overeducated, middle-aged historian and political scientist living in a remote shack in western Montana. Banished by academia, he holds a grudge against society and its inequities. Abandoned by his long-suffering wife, he spends his days studying environmentalist tracts and selling fresh flowers from the back of a pickup truck along the lonesome state highways.

Bundled up next to his wood stove during a blizzard, he dreams of driving a sleek Lincoln Continental through the deserted streets of an ancient city. Rolling to a stop at a glowing, desolate intersection, he revs the car’s engine... and everything changes.

From the Dylanesque “In Your Sunday Colors” to the Crazy Horse-inflected “Off Grid on Target” to the mock-poppy “Spike the Tree,” 'Lincoln Signal' follows a man pushed to his internal outskirts. Beat by beat, he comes unglued — and fights to put the pieces back together.

'Lincoln Signal' was produced by Doyon and mastered by Jon Astley (the Who, George Harrison, Tori Amos). A blend of classic and new, it echoes the Velvet Underground, Neil Young, the Band, Brian Wilson, Marty Robbins, Captain Beefheart, and — in a fleeting moment (“Dancing with the Satellites”) — KC and the Sunshine Band. It includes cameos from guitarist Eamon Loftus and banjo player Logan Claytor.

The Daily Vault described Doyon’s music as “witty, idiosyncratic indie-rock that is to a band like Maroon 5 what a film like 'Sideways' is to one like 'Miss Congeniality 2'… Zealously off-center, moderately acidic, daringly intellectual and vastly entertaining… These are songs to not just listen to, but explore, a series of musical masks donned by an artist with keen insight and an outsized sense of playfulness.”

“When you’re going down a waterslide,” Doyon says, “you’re happy and exhilarated, free of worry and full of anticipation. And when you get to the end, you’re submerged, almost as an exclamation, in this clear, blue water. It reminds us of the fleetingly perfect moments in our lives.”

'Lincoln Signal' joins a Wampus Multimedia roster that includes recent and imminent releases from Big Bus Dream, Aux.78, The Crowd Scene, Arms of Kismet, tvfordogs, the matthew show, The May Bees, Johnny J Blair, and Kowtow Popof, as well as popular tributes to Jonathan Richman, Lou Reed, and Warren Zevon.

Wampus Multimedia is an independent media label run by artists, for artists. Its credo is simple: to introduce the world to bold content rendered by unique artists. It is home to a growing roster from a variety of genres, including pop, AAA, Americana, alternative, ambient, blues, and folk.

'Lincoln Signal' is available at Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, Bandcamp, and many other outlets.


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