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MP3 Amnion - AmenNamO
Arcade Fire & Animal Collective meets Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney Wings, or David Bowie & the Supremes meets Queen & Carole King. Lyrics are about self-dis-re-covery & LOVE told in plain terms, sparing metaphors, often mantric.
9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Post-Rock/Experimental, POP: Psychedelic Pop
Amnion is from Glassell Park, California. Glossolalia Park?
Amnion formed in the Summer of 2007, and began work on their debut album "AmenNamO" in the Fall of 2007. They are readying material for their second full-length, and plan to record again in the Summer of 2008.
Amnion is accessible neo-pagan-pop-psychedelia in the vein of Arcade Fire & Animal Collective meets Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney Wings, or David Bowie & the Supremes meets Queen & Carole King. The lyrics are about self-dis-re-covery and LOVE in the nowHERE&afterlife told in plain terms, sparingly metaphorical, often mantric. Lead Vocal duties are shared by the husband/wife members of the band, Aaron and Nikki Embry, and group singing is a staple of their live shows. Instrumentation is Drums, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, and live treatments.
Standout tracks on "AmenNamO" are difficult to choose since most of the songs crossfade into one another, and the song sequence creates the sense of a concept album you would listen to from beginning to end. So, if you must test the water before you decide to jump "All the Way" in, start your morning with "Praise gOd for the Light Within Me", and give yourself a dose of "Heart Breath Magik", along with "A Ton" of "One Love". If the song previews here are too short
to make you confident about purchasing "AmenNamO", it is streaming in it''s entirety on Amnion''s website https://www.tradebit.com, linked at the left of this page.
Here''s a little blurb about their recording process taken from their blog at https://www.tradebit.com :::
" Finally the floodgates opened and we found something worthwhile to sing about. A lot of reconciliation, forgiveness, gratitude, and reverent devotion culminated in a life where the Living is making itself! Ultimate Providence!
The number Nine and Water are very important elements on this record. They are by no means unique to this record, but the writing experience was largely inspired by a practice that involved a renewal of our relationships with our Mothers (Water), and the relinquishing of control (9). Much of our lives are spent in Oblivion, but the moments when we sense the Light within and without us mark our time. The presence of Love and AbsoluteBeing brings stability to the abstract experience. For us, a Life of Music can help us remember our dreams in the morning.
One more River to the SeE!
Conventional perceptions of the creative process are that someone writes the music and the lyrics, either collaboratively or alone(all-one), and the end result is a recording that was produced after an arduous refining and arranging of parts, instrumentation, take after take after take until the picture of perfection is blasting through the speakers. What really happened during the making of AmenNamO was more like a roomful of blindfolded children that forgot their own names were trying to discover each other through experimentation and belligerent guesswork. Although It wasn''t without influence and mentor-ship from masters, AmenNamO is really just a nice sounding accident.
We''re indebted to our Mothers. Aside from the life they nurtured in us as children, they have shown their presence in All-LOVE-Creation by their self-sacrifice and devotion to us. If we take their wisdom to task, and selflessly work for the good of All, the innate Creator in us will enjoy the experience of Fruition! This is how the World can heal! Hit''em with that ONE LOVE!"
and their myspace page:
"This Album is dedicated to allLOVE our Mothers and the ever-benevolent Ms. Trees that gave their lives for the manufature of our Music Instruments and printing paper. If people were more like Trees, weed have Birds handle the Lead Vocals. If You are a Pigeon of the Future, please carry us hOMe. This Music is a Wandering Wanderer Looking for the Angel of the Water! Found Ten Fountains in your Aura!"
more (a LOT more ) from their myspace page in the "sounds like" section. It''s a giant mash-up of song lyrics, song titles, artist''s names, etc:
"Proud Mary sang to us last night. She sent us into The Rest of Our Lives Like A Prayer from The White Buffalo. A White Magic Bright Black Morning Light is Within Me. I Don''t Know Where I Stand, but Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover. She Kissed Me & My Lips are a Flaming Blonde Redhead headed in your T-Rex-tion. She''s turned me into a Twentieth Century Boy who''s discovered All The Young Dudes have to make a date with R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the women we made the niggers of the world.
I Got You Babe and I don''t want to Cher, but the un-Sonny side of that Life is If you''re only in it for the money, you''d best be prepared for an exhausting amount of interviews.
This could turn into a Constant Craving, but It''s Too Late to turn back now. I believe I''ll be leaving this being as I''m falling into love and rising up above things....
The Caroles of the King''s Queens tell me," You''ve Got A Friend who''s Crying over you, so keep on searching for that Heart of Gold and you''ll never get old. You''re Always On My Mind and my Angel My Baby is hearing the Yellow Brick Road say Goodbye to it''s Earth, Wind and Fire. "
The Ocean is calling us to our final resting place. Until this ultimate arrival, we are Outkast into a perpetual Valentine''s Day singing Fuck Tha Police while Bombs fall Over Baghdad. These are less than a few of My Favorite Things. Something''s happenin'' here and what it is ain''t exactly clear but the answer my friend is Blowin'' In the Wind and all I can do is Imagine all the people saying We Are the World, whirling like the dervishes Across the Universe. Everything Means Nothing To Me and my Sha Na Na is Talk Talk Talking Heads into something Pretty Vacant, so I''ll zero down into some Transcendental Meditation and hope the White Rabbit leads the way.
We''re living La Vida Loca, but thank God it''s a Family Affair and War is playing it''s All Day Music out of a Lowrider in the ghetto of souls. The Sounds are what might come out of a Wu-Tang Great Space Coaster. I''ll ask the local gentry (they might say it''s elementary), "Can you tell me how to get...how to get to sesamEASY Street?"
Even though The Boss tells me I was Born In the USA, I''ll ride the waves down in Africa. I Am A Promise (capital P) to the California Girls on DreamBoat Annie and I intend to keep it. Please Please Me in your Mother Tongue & show me your InnerVision so I can Live it just enough, Just Enough for the City. I''m someone she can trust. That doesn''t come along every day. Breathe in between sentences and listen to the pauses. You''re an expert at listening to the Heart.
Love Will Tear Us Apart & I sure Can''t Get No Satisfaction so I Believe I''ll Dust My Broom and get a Ticket to Ride it into my Pastime Paradise. I''ll dedicate it ''FurElise'' and call it ''Ode To Joy''. Maybe then, Silent Nights and MoonShadows will tell me the how, when, why, and Where Do the Children Play. Echoes are saying They''ll be skippin'' over the ocean like a stone and talkin'' someone''s head off their shoulders, no, Bang Your Head On My Shoulder & then Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair! ''cause this is the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius and my Future Shock is a GodSpell riddled with Cats, Angels Of Music, and Rent. No one-hit Wonders the Inch is Angry!
Why Let It Be? Come on baby, Light My Fire so I can Break On through to the Other Side! We''re Moving On Up to a Higher Ground! SuperFly, you are the Wind Beneath My Wings! The Rose is a Message In A Bottle, and it says you don''t have to put on that red dress Tonight. Every Rose Has It''s Thorn, but it doesn''t have to Sting. I Still Believe Nothing Compares To You. You are the Prince of the Peaches and Herb & I love it when we''re groovin'' together!
Try a Little Tenderness before You''ve Lost That Loving Feeling and you will open the Doors to the End of Forever. All i have to do is Dream about Good Vibrations and Good Day Sunshine to be in the Leonard Cohen afterlife. Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah !!!
It might be a Sunny Day Real Estate buying into a Nirvana where the Long and Winding Roads have no White Stripes or Strokes to Blur the KraftWerk of the Crazy Horse''s Polyphonic Spree. This New Zoo Review we are in is a Collective of Animals like Six Elephants, CatPower, FruitBats, and PandaBear Frogs. Let loose your Primal Scream as you gaze with X-Ray Spex at your Psychic TV !! We interrupt this regular programming with a special announcement from The Future Pigeon !!! She is asking us to Fly Like An Eagle and Buzzcock our SexPistols for a Division Day into Joy To the World! Come Together right now Over The Rainbow and find the Connection because Tomorrow Never Comes when it''s So Hard To Say GoodBye to Yesterday.
If you like the sound of Staying Alive , then let''s meet at the Golden Bridge and sing Songs In The Key Of Life for Fulfillingness'' First Finale!!
Dew You Here Water Eye Hear?
A Sound so BIG it''s a SEE !!"
COLLECTIVELY PROMOTE LIGHT!
AmniOn and allLOVEus records appreciate your support!
The current members of Amnion are :
Nikki and Aaron Embry (Elliott Smith, Daniel Lanois, Jane''s Addiction, EdwardSharpe&theMagneticZeros),
Steven Nistor (Sparks, Daniel Lanois, Gnarls Barkley),
Brett "Cookieman" Farkas (Solomon Burke),
Ian Walker (https://www.tradebit.comg, Jesca Hoop, the Ditty Bops)
Danny Frankel, Daniel Lanois, Nanak Vir, Wendy Smith, coL, and Aaron & Nikki''s biological Mothers Karen Embry, and Sandy Hogberg make guest appearances on "AmenNamO"
"AmenNamO" was recorded by Amnion with:
Adam Samuels (Daniel Lanois, John Frusciante)
Kenny Woods ( Anders&Woods, That Dog, Blood on the Wall)
"AmenNamO" was mastered by Mark Chalecki at "Little Red Book Mastering Studio" ( https://www.tradebit.com )