MP3 Jim Emmons - In The Absence of Red
A whole new realm of deep, inspired grooves featuring his signature hybrid of pop/rock/jazz flavored tunes and melted them into his best, new album to date featuring the unique lyrical alchemy of NYC poet/author Geoffrey Dicker.
11 MP3 Songs
POP: Pop/Rock, ROCK: Adult Contemporary
"In The Absence of Red" is the latest tour de force by indie pop singer/songwriter Jim Emmons. Featuring his signature hybrid of pop, rock, and jazz flavored grooves, "Absence" is full of complex themes, melodies, and ideas. As he has done in the past, "Absence" is also fully produced and performed by Emmons, along with him playing all the instruments as well. The album also features the lyrics of poet and author Geoffrey Dicker, whose first stint in the music buisness was being a creative consultant for Prince''s last Warner Brothers album "Ultimate Prince," a collection of greatest hits and rare remixes from the artist.
During the Summer of 2007, Jim was randomly searching the internet and accidentally Google''d a link to the book of poetry "Sketches of Verbal Alchemy," which was written by Geoffrey. After reading a few passages, Jim was immediately taken by the unique and creative approach Geoffrey uses in his lyrics. He contacted him just to express his appreciation for the work, but that simple gesture would soon turn into something far greater than both could ever imagine. Jim asked Geoffrey if he''d ever thought of having music formed around his lyrics, to which Dicker replied "Go for it if you hear something." Seizing the opporotunity and realizing the potential, Jim immediately composed and recorded no less than 8 short demos from passages in Geoffrey''s book. Both of them were blown away at the inspired, but brief recordings. It wasn''t long and the well of inspiration had burst wide open and both Emmons and Dicker were flooded with song ideas. Over the course of the Fall and Winter of 2007, a sizeable cache of songs had formed and soon, the album "In The Absence of Red" began to take shape and by February 2008, it was ready to be born and given life.
The finished product is one that will easily be considered one of Emmons'' classic albums, and one that fans are sure to readily embrace. The entire album has a thematic quality throughout while giving off a cinematic sonic presence. Even the album cover is portayed as a singular widescreen film cell. The music is refreshingly new and inventive, yet accessible and familiar, the lyrics are poignant, thought provoking, and yet they have a bittersweet twist to them. From start to finish, the journey through "In The Absence of Red" is one that fans will want to take over and over and at the end of each trip, they''re sure to get a smile every single time.
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