electronic band from Phoenix, AZ
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Had me from the first note. It just kept getting better as it went along its happy journey to that smooth middle and the sway of the beat there is beautiful into the subtle voco vox. Love this I do.
Scenery is a group of four musicians from Phoenix, Arizona formed in 2009. The band gained recognition on their third album, “Everything Orbits Something” released in 2011. Yab Yum Music said, “Everything Orbits Something is the perfect soundtrack to a quiet melancholy day” and Ear of Change said, “…this release is the type of album that we strive to hear - uncompromising, unexpected, and uneasy at all the right times.” Scenery released their fourth album, Humdrum, on February 19th, 2013.
Humdrum is available for free with the option to donate from the band’s website: http://scenery.bandcamp.com
“We tried to get away from our laptops for a bit and focus on playing physical instruments,” Scenery member Troy Harris said. “We are always striving to make electronic music sound more human and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished here.”
Scenery specializes in eclectic songs and Humdrum is no exception. Lead single, “Crashing Down” features crackling percussion mimicking a world falling apart while “Kinderen” is built upon fragile acoustic guitar fragments and the angelic backing vocals of popular Phoenix musician, Michelle Blades. Blades also appears on “My Grimey Dreams” which recalls the frantic panic of a fever dream through distorted bass and otherworldly sounds. “Godish” is a spoken word tale told over droning shoegaze guitar.
The lyrics focus on memories of the past, forgotten ambitions and time wasted. “My dreams sadly, just ain’t what they used to be,” Blades sings on “My Grimey Dreams”. “I have left all the tall tales / Start to think this is all for real,” Harris sings on Left All. Dreams and the imperfection of our memories play a key role in the music. The instrumental song, “Mirage” echoes barely remembered vocal fragments and repeating melodies over distant sounding percussion.
Most of the songs on Humdrum were recorded for RPM Challenge 2012 where the goal is to record an entire album in one month.
Humdrum is available to download from http://scenery.bandcamp.com