Currently working on two separate EPs: An art pop record with the talented Christopher Botta in Brooklyn (http://www.christopherbotta.com), and a space rock record with longtime friend and collaborator Shane Moore in PA (https://soundcloud.com/shanegmoore). I’m super excited about both projects - they sound great so far, and absolutely nothing alike! I’ll be posting some video soon!
Tim-Ryan O’Kane just dropped a hot new single called Heart Attack. To say the least the music is as unique as the artist. Heart Attack is a sensational, eccentric and great single. I like the way things kick off; immediately after the brief piano introduction we have this really psychedelic guitar riff and overall sound with some amazing horns and melodic touches that really bring a special touch to the song. I can hear some of The Vines and Velvet Underground; it really gives you the impression as if you were listening to a 70’s song. The chorus is eccentric, bold and will punch you hard. I get the impression O’Kane is a real risk taker with his music. Despite this, he stays within the fairway of marketability but is definitely pushing boundaries. (These are compliments by the way.) The musicianship follows down the same path, offering up much in the way of trumpets, saxophones, vocal harmonies, piano. It has a really Beatles-ish and The Monks vibe. The track was Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Miles Kennedy . Other contributors include: Tim-Ryan O’Kane – Vocals, Piano Intro, Jonathan Vieira – Piano, Stephen Hoevertsz – Guitar, John McFaul – Bass, Miles Kennedy – Drums, Percussion, Eric Biondo – Trumpet, Steve Welsh – Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Dara Centonze – Background Vocals. From beginning to end this song keeps the same party mood while maintaining a soulful, funky feel. As for O’Kane vocally, he delivers an emotionally invigorating performance and reminded me of a modern day David Bowie or Tom Waits. His high pitch, sexy vocals blend with great guitar riffs, some cabaret/20s bar piano and some other sonic effects.
Criticism: I wouldn’t recommend all tracks on his next release be this exotic, sensational and over the top. There’s a time and place for a song like this. Not so sure I understand the single cover art concept either.
In conclusion, this is a single that will bring you back memories of an early and so distant age now, days where fun music was more organic and simple yet it had such an amazing power to get people dancing and helped them forget their troubles as the sound, the music itself was a drug.
by Erica Carr, edited by J.J. McCall. Approved by Michael Rand.
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- Shane: Was that a GGA or a GGR?
- TROK: That was definitely a fucking GGR.
- Shane: That's what I thought.
For anyone who enjoys hard rock with a lot of different angles to it, Chaos & Blue comes highly recommended.
On the one hand, the material here is so strong that it really has one wishing there were more than four songs. The other side of that argument, though, is that perhaps this level of quality and variety would suffer if more pieces were added. Either way, the mix of classic and modern sounds in arrangements that are both meaty and accessible is great.
“Beautiful Bird” is well-named, as it does seem to soar and it is beautiful. The general motif is sort of a balladic soft rock. The cut features some symphonic strings for flavoring. There is also some great acoustic guitar soloing. This is a tune that has hints of progressive rock in the arrangement. It’s an evocative and powerful piece of music.
There is sort of a psychedelic Beatles vibe at the opening of “Marmalade.” As it works out to the song proper, though, it makes me think of a merging of King’s X and Lenny Kravitz. This is a harder rocking tune that’s part alternative rock, part pop rock and part classic rock. The layers of sound that are placed over the top add a lot to the mix.
“The Sum of It All” is more of a dramatic alternative rocker. In some ways, I’m reminded of Tool a bit, but there is also a bit of a dosage of that psychedelic vibe in place at times. That’s pretty much all gone as the thing powers out into the soaring, almost metallic jam later in the piece. The guitar solo, though, feels right out of 1967 with its psychedelic sounds.
“All Things Change” also has some of that psychedelic texture, merged with alternative rock. It’s got some Nirvana built into it, too. It does a great job of closing the set in a way that’s consistent with the rest of the music, but also has some change and variety built into it. There is a definite Pink Floyd bit of bombast later and some of the vocal and melodic elements also lend some Beatles comparisons to the piece.
Since the only real complaint here is that there’s not enough, that’s actually a positive. The vocal harmonies, production and songwriting are all top-notch. For anyone who enjoys hard rock with a lot of different angles to it, this comes highly recommended. It’s awesome.
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Tim-Ryan O’Kane’s new EP “Chaos and Blue” is a collection of melodic, dreamy and uplifting songs. The opening track, “Beautiful Bird” crafts an auditory dreamscape, soothing the listener with O’Kane’s angelic vocal harmonies and evokes an emotional tone reminiscent of the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
“Marmalade,” the second track on “Chaos and Blue” brings forth a bit of O’Kane’s edge, evoking the Seattle sound of the 1990’s and gives a unique spin to the sound. While reminiscent of the calmer songs recorded by Alice in Chains, “Marmalade” carries a fresh look at this established formula that is welcoming and unique without being overly familiar. On the third track, “The Sum of It All,” O’Kane introduces psychedelic rhythms and evokes the musical poetry of the Doors. The percussion and organ combination seems like it may have been lifted from a series of unreleased Doors tracks, and the lyrics are definitely evocative of Morrison’s imagery, but O’Kane’s voice lends a gentleness to the ensemble that makes it not only unique but enjoyable. The fourth and final track on the “Chaos and Blue” EP, “All Things Change” plants both feet firmly into the post-seattle sound that the preceding tracks dabble with, giving a strong finish to the EP as a collection. If Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots composed an album together and hired a seraph to sing, the result would be “All Things Change.”
Overall, I found “Chaos and Blue” to be a wonderful album that I would highly recommend to any fan of good rock and good times!
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- TROK: Oh that IS hot!
- Shane Moore: That's the new line dude.
- TROK: Oh I like that! That kind of get's that little thing I wanted anyway...
- Shane Moore: (to camera) All you fucking kids trying to copy that shit, you're never gonna get it! You're never gonna get it! It's age and finesse bitch!
This CD will simply make your day more interesting, but beware O’Kane is one artists not so easily pinned down during the first listen. The strong suit of O’Kane isclearly his vocal passion, strong musical variety and amazing creativity. It’s obvious he feels comfortable letting it all hang out on every track. At the end of the CD you will find yourself inspired, invigorated & in a darker mood than you were 26* minutes prior.