It’s the seventh episode of Bongo Boy TV Season 12, and once again, it’s filled with the latest music videos from new and familiar talent. Ready to listen to the finest independent artists and a few you’ve probably heard because you’re a rabid Ark of Music reader? Then let’s “fall into” this latest, cutting-edge collection (see what I did there?).
The first video features the song “What Will You Say” from Annemarie Picerno. This is a slow, mellow track finding Annemarie…relaxing in a tub. Sure, there’s heartache and a slavish devotion to the expectations of others – but Annemarie, while soaking in symbolic disinterest, lets the worries and concerns roll off her back like so much bathwater. And with a smoking cigarette, dark glasses, and laissez-faire attitude, Annemarie simply relaxes, remains curious, but lets it all play out.
The second video features award-winning blues/jazz maestro Duffy King with his latest track, “Say Uncle.” Great energy here as Duffy King plays a clean, jazzy guitar over capable backing from his obviously solid band. Featuring bright, assertive playing, you have to tap your feet while Duffy repeatedly hits the perfect notes.
Video #3 is courtesy of a veritable grocery list of artists – it’s Prem Murti, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Mike Greenly, Annemarie Picerno (remember her?), Tess Remy-Schumacher, An Vedi, and Russ Hewitt with their latest track, “Love and Peace.” This is a slow, somber track with strong, balanced vocals. It’s a musical entreatment for something better – something beyond the complicated human condition. “Love and Peace” features great orchestration, talented players, and moments where danceable percussion grants the song additional strength.
The fourth video features Bongo Boy Records regulars STUDEO, and they’re back with “When It’s Over.” You’ve seen this one before – three goddesses/witches roaming the arctic landscape to a raw, rocking tune dripping with attitude. The visual still conveys something gallant, ancient, and of a magic long since past. Oh, and the music? It still really moves me.
Video #5? It’s “Graceful Antelope” by Grayhawk. Featuring flute, harp, and other calming, more natural instruments, “Graceful Antelope” describes in music the softly dancing movements of various creatures and their gorgeous, rather expansive environments. If you want to exit your body and embrace Mother Earth’s heavenly perspective, I recommend listening with headphones on, eyes closed, and heart open.
Speaking of animals, Alec Berlin presents one of his latest tracks, “Man’s Best Friend.” The second instrumental on Bongo Boy TV’s latest collection, “Man’s Best Friend” starts with calm acoustic guitar just beneath a clean, melodic electric lead. And this is the soundtrack to various videos featuring — you guessed it – dogs. A lot of incredibly cute dogs. But then, “Man’s Best Friend” turns dark; it turns metal, and the cute videos step aside for slightly more aggressive ones. This is a great track that ultimately returns cleverly to its softer beginnings.
And we close out the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV with “Tonight You Belong to Me” by Grey DeLisle. This is a soft, vulnerable song with fragile acoustic guitars and a trembling, emotive vocal. It’s brief, but it grabs you; you’re hooked by the subtlety, the weakness that shows strength by breaking only a little, and never too much. “Tonight You Belong to Me” is the perfect final bite after a graceful, multicourse meal.
If you’re a fan of independent music made simply for the love of music, then I implore you to sit back and watch Bongo Boy TV Season 12, Episode 07. You’ll like it, and then you’ll binge the rest.
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