The in-store acoustic show last night went well. I’d say that just the right amount of people showed up. The store was nicely filled, but not too packed. It was good to see Bob and Terri, from Ipso, again. We also saw Gary and Dach, both of whom I know from way back when at KUCI. It was a good crowd all the way around.
It was cool to see Audra perform acoustic. Bart borrowed Ryan’s steel string guitar, which sounded quite nice with Bret’s voice. After the show we were talking with them about doing a show together in Arizona. Bart was saying that we should have played a song together, so I suggested we do that in AZ. Today it occured to me that Bret and I could do one of the duets together; maybe “You are the Gun.” That could be cool.
Projekt just released 2 new budget priced compilations in conjuction with major chain stores to introduce the music of their label. For Hot Topic, there is Projekt:Gothic, including Lovespirals’ song, “Swollen Sea.” The Arbitrary Width of Shadows, featuring Lovespirals’ “Dejame,” was created for Borders.
George Zehora has written a cheeky little review of Windblown Kiss for the online zine, Splendid:
It’s no accident that the band’s name sounds vaguely familiar — Lovespirals features guitarist Ryan Lum, late of goth faves Love Spirals Downwards, teamed with vocalist/instrumentalist Anji Bee. The name change isn’t gratuitous, either, for while Lum’s LSD work thrived on ethereal gloominess, Windblown Kiss is going up, up, up. It’s a languid, shimmering pop album — yes, pop — that’s far better suited to breezy beach houses and billowing white linen curtains than introspective poetry and gothic architecture.
Bee and Lum have distinguished themselves with a truly elegant work that belies their youthful looks. It’s as polished and professional as most indiepop wants to be, and refreshingly free of the overwrought lyrical imagery favored by the doom and gloom set. Lum’s guitar work (he’s credited with an impressive array of six and 12-string instruments) is expressive and moving, while Bee’s vocals — in English, French, Spanish and German — are distinctive without being showy. Eden’s Sean Bowley adds additional guitar muscle, as well as Elvis-like male vocal counterpoints on a couple of tracks, and Doren Orenstein (Frecoe) provides a bit of sax, which contributes, for better or worse, to the disc’s intermittent New Age vibe.
There’s a little loneliness (“Oh So Long”) and darkness (“Swollen Sea”) — that’s the stuff that sells, after all — but it’s balanced by the overall happiness of the music. And is it my imagination, or is “He Calls Me” pretty much a Christian rock (or at least deity-related-rock) song?
All told, this is a satisfying, surprisingly upbeat effort that’s likely to cause a fair amount of upheaval among LSD’s fan base. Then again, perhaps the time is right for a romantic album that doesn’t have a Romeo and Juliet ending.
For the record, the “He Calls Me” lyrics were actually inspired by a late-night listening session of John Coltrane’s classic album, A Love Supreme.
Borders is currently hosting Windblown Kiss in their Rock & Pop listening stations. If you haven’t heard the album yet, take this opportunity to preview it in it’s entirety at Borders now! This promotion will last until November 12th – just in time for your Christmas shopping.
Well, we can’t import my old address book into my new email program, so I have to start it all fresh… So, anyone reading this, please be sure to pop by CONTACTS to add yourself to the list today, and I’ll make sure to add you personally to the news list! Thanks!
Lovespirals are currently attempting to recreate their fan email list, due to yet another computer meltdown at Lovespirals’ Headquarters (boo hoo). Anyone who has signed up since the new site launch (April 2002) should still be on the list, but older listees may have been lost in the shuffle. To make sure that you receive official Lovespirals updates, please go to the
CONTACT US page to sign up now!
My old iMac really bit the dust, so I had to get a new one. That’s actually a pretty cool thing, except that I can’t import my contacts into this new email program. So… getting the email list back together is going to be a real pain in the tush! I can’t tell you how many times I have recreated the Lovespirals mailing list since joining the band. Sheesh! Computers!
Man, being in a band is certainly not all glamour. Its more like non-stop work with a little bit of fun thrown in when you’re lucky.
It’s been a week since we got back for our week on the road, and it’s taken me this long to finally have a chance to write here about it. Anji and I had a great time and want to thank everybody that came out to see us. And also big thanks go out to Mira for getting us off our “we’re too busy to tour” butts and on the road. Mira rocked each night, and whether or not your familiar with them, I highly recommend seeing them. Plus they are nice and friendly people.
We’ll be doing at least one more show, and that’ll be in Los Angeles on October 2. Check our news page for more info on that.
A number of positive reviews have gone online at the following music sites:
JazzReview.com: “With a touch of soft blues and world music motifs, this entry into the smooth jazz category is a surefire hit and should appeal to a wide listening audience. The music is refreshingly original and likeable, enjoyable in all ways. Ryan Lum is a master of guitar, his techniques fresh and pleasant, and the sensual vocals of Anji Bee perfectly reflect the high quality of the musical compositions. WINDBLOWN KISS is a magical listening experience, and filled with sensitivity and beautiful soft jazz sounds. Lovespirals is topnotch.”
AmbientTrance.org: “What’s in a name-change? Just by dropping the ballast of “downwards” from the previous moniker, Lovespirals drifts upward into the light (and surprisingly “straight”) musical forms which float like a Windblown Kiss. Rather than prior scenes of swirly guitartronic etherality, Ryan Lum with new vocalist, Anji Bee, spin up sweet, bouncy, loungey songs which shift between various flavors of exotica, often with nostalgic airs. Lovespirals soars on Darkwave’s lightest mists, arising with only a few shadows tainting the warmth and intimacy of Windblown Kiss. So nicely done I don’t much flinch at the “normalcy” as it’s obscured by lush artistry and sensuality. “
MusicReviewer.com: “Founder and long time force behind Projekt band LOVE SPIRALS DOWNWARDS, Ryan Lum has a new partner, a new band name and a new style. Leaving long time partner Suzanne Perry and quite a bit of the LOVE SPIRALS DOWNWARDS formula behind, Lum and Bee have come up with an album that grabs you from the first note. Anji Bee has an incredible voice that moves from sultry to sensual to surreal to earthy, that winds its way around the guitar work of Ryan Lum like smoke. Where Suzanne Perry always sounded sweet and ethereal no matter what she was singing, Anji Bee showcases a wide variety of vocal styling, which, in my opinion, gives the duo much greater latitude on this and future albums. I totally respect what Lum and Bee are trying to put across here and I think this partnership may go much farther than Love Spirals Downwards did – and that’s saying a lot!”
GothicVixen.net: “A strange blend of diverse cultural influences, Windblown Kiss is an eclectic collection of gothic-flavored world music, featuring vocals from Anji Bee and the songwriting and instrumentation of Ryan Lum… Overall, the album is engaging, and successful in creating a dark and dreamy mood. Anji Bee handles both lead and backing vocals with equal grace, displaying excellent range and control. Lum’s songwriting continues to improve, making this release perhaps his most impressive to date, and his guitar work is precise and crisp throughout. More importantly, the musical chemistry between the artists is obvious, more so than in Lum’s previous work with Suzanne Perry in Love Spirals Downwards. Spanning four languages, more than a dozen instruments, and too many cultures to count, Windblown Kiss is a definite must-have for fans of Love Spirals Downwards, other Projekt releases, and world music.”