Flexing my indie rock muscles this time, with some bouncy guitars and toy instruments on top of a slammin' 4/4 drum beat. That happens later in the track though. Before that, we dive into a nice bed of ambient guitars, commodore 64 noises, and music box melodies in a 6/8 time signature.
There's a lot of stuff going on in this track, it goes places.
Check it out:
Download: THA - Departures (right click, save as) or stream it on THA Radio.
Barfquestion? Exactly. That's right, I've written the score for the animated series "Empire of Sock" by Dr.Barfquestion. He doesn't claim to be a doctor, I just like prefixing things with "Dr."
The first video in the series used two pieces I had already written titled "Everything Is Chill In Silent Hill" and "Rupture". The second installment in the series, which is embedded below, also makes use of "Rupture" as well as a new piece titled Exitium Aeternus.
I have it on good authority that the third installment in the series will make further use of Exitium Aeternus...and by good authority I mean intertwined weasels with bloodied mouths dripping through the cracks of my bedroom ceiling like ghastly vapors. I trust everything they say to me.
The new track can be downloaded here: THA-exitiumaeternus_eos.mp3
Doing my pop music thing again with big vocals and catchy melodies. Also trying out a more breathy voice and some falsetto layers for the verses. All this poptasticness is on top of some harsh grinding synths and a thick 808 beat.
There There's also a bit of a sci-fi theme going on with the lyrics.
Check it out:
Download: THA - Neon Glow (right click, save as) or stream it on THA Radio.
You can also check out the lyrics here: THA-neonglow.txt
Be wary of the man with no name. You will recognize him by the drum machine on his hip. He's also carrying a saxophone, a bouzouki, a violin, a grand piano - not sure how he gets that one up on his horse - a slide guitar, a ukulele, a waterphone, a vibraslap, a didgeridoo, and a few other assorted odds and ends. The dude is kind of weird, I mean I don't know, just be careful if he rides in to your town.
This track is a mish-mash of sounds, but I think they work together quite well. What started off as a mostly Greek Folk music sounding piece turned into hip hop, got darker and kept taking on new non-Greek instruments until "The Stranger" happened.
Check it out:
Download: THA - The Stranger (right click, save as) or stream it on THA Radio.
Sometimes I make hip hop beats. Sometimes Ivan Ives spits over them. This is one of those times. It's a track full of big strings, big brass, a bassoon, an oboe, some drums and a cowbell that goes donk.
I think my track kinda sticks out as the odd man out if you listen to the whole album, but hey, that could just be me being overly self-conscious about it. Regardless, as a whole, Stranger is quite a good album and definitely worth a listen! So, check it out:
You can preview and purchase Stranger from the Ivan Ives Official Site, iTunes or Amazon, and you can find more Ivan Ives over on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook.