With COVID-19 and Coronavirus racking up astonishing, mind-numbing and tragic numbers, news pours in of those who have passed away, and if death is nothing else, it is fair in who it chooses, despite fame or fortune. In early April, the legendary singer/songwriter John Prine became one of those whose life was lost to the disease, causing a wave in the sea of grief among those who treasured his guitar playing and observant, poetic nature. Producer Bjorn Vader, a fan of a wide span of musical genres, decided that an ode to Prine was necessary, and thus Prine Time was born. The somber tune is built around guitar samples from Prine‘s Speed of the Sound of Loneliness, which makes the tune as beautiful as it is bittersweet. Check it out, share it around for others to do the same, and take care of yourselves.
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Keeping up with the release schedule of Bjorn Vader could fuel a blog of its own. Granted, to make this statement in February, where he’s only released a couple of songs, sounds like a contradictory statement, but even when quantity is not a factor he’s focused on, the quality is always there.
Fences West is a somber, organ driven tune with a seeming focus on meditation and reflection. The track is spacious, with a muted but driven drum track playing the background supporting role, and the organ run carries us emotionally through the track.
By comparison, the lightness is San Javier Strut is more comparable to the lightness of a crisp morning, with hope, aspirations and high spirits being the key factors. The playful way that the organ and horns take turns on center stage works well, with this interplay providing shades and textures over the combination of drums and percussion that plays the foundation role.
Bjorn Vader has truly taken major steps in the transition from music fan to music producer. He, very similar to myself, is a testament that the line between those who enjoy and those who contribute is imaginary, if not non-existent, and is completely crossable if you’re willing to put in time that equals the love and respect for the art form. Stay connected to Bjorn Vader‘s Bandcamp page, as he stays uploading new tracks, and make sure your friends are hip to it as well.
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If I wanted to, I could probably dedicate my entire blog to the prolific amount of output that Bjørn Vådër blesses us with. His latest project may be Tolstory the Crater, but my man puts out new music on an almost daily basis, until he has enough to gather into a collection. This post will hopefully serve as an introductory point for listeners to dive into the lush, textured and ethereal world of sound that Bjørn Vådër creates… maybe if I play my cards right, we can get some collaborative work going.