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Desirae Garcia’s new EP is classic. But not the glitz and glamour kind of classic, something better.

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Artist: Desirae Garcia
Album: Ill Fitting EP
Year Released: 2013
Label: Blank Tape Records
www.blanktaperecords.org

Another Haunted Windchimes member has embarked on a solo project. This time Desirae Garcia is releasing a four song EP titled “Ill Fitting.” 

It’s classic. But not the glitz and glamour kind of classic, something better. The album is just as gentle as it is cut-to-the-bone raw. A feeling I often find difficult to convincingly convey. 

Her vocals are gentle and eerie, yet passionate, as we’ve come to know her in the Haunted Windchimes but it’s the stripped down acoustics that set “Ill Fitting” apart from Garcia’s previous musical endeavors. 

With the exception of the outro (back up vocals from Inaiah Lujan), Garcia did the entire recording, played all the instruments and wrote all of the material. Simplicity at its best. 

The album is soft and slow; almost like it’s from another era, as it was recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder in her home in Pueblo. It’s the vintage resonance that makes the downhearted lyrics so relevant. 

The vibe “Ill Fitting” gives off is darker than I would have expected, but satisfying nonetheless. Her voice is the kind of pain that’s relatable and deep and so good you’re fixated on from the first line of the first song, “Hardly Are You Lonely.” 

It seems like every time a Blank-Tape Records artist takes a step away from their familiar place and releases their own EP, we writers get nervous.  The familiar “what if it isn’t as good?” look sweeps across our faces as we accept the assignment. 

But let’s face it, that fear never makes it past the first 30 seconds of the album. Together the Blank-Tape bunch is brilliant and on their own they carry just as much soul, if not more. 

Garcia, and back up band, The Dreamers, consisting of Grant Sabin (Bass), Daniel James Eaton (Drums), Alex Koshak (Keys) and Inaiah Lujan (Guitar) will perform half of the set on April 5 at the Loft in old Colorado City with performances by Laura Goldhamer and fellow Windchime, Chela Lujan. 

“Ill Fitting” marks the 26th release for Blank-Tape Records and as much anxiety we experience on each new release, there’s only one thing left to say, “keep ‘em coming.” 

by Kara Mason

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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