The older I get, it seems, the greater the stakes with each decision I make. So, I don’t throw too many darts in my decision making these days. I did though, a couple weeks ago, throw a single dart at an album cover that caught my eye, an EP by the Nebraska band, Bazile Mills.
There was something about the aesthetic of the album art which caught my eye. A friend, a music promoter in the Midwest, had posted the EP on his business’s social media page. I honestly knew nothing about the band or what genre of music it was – I had no idea. My only safety net was that it was being promoted by Widmest Productions, the enterprise of a friend whose musical tastes and my own often cross paths.
Rather than check out Bazile Mill’s music on Spotify, YouTube, or Soundcloud, I purchased the EP based solely on the cover art, and the recommendation of my friend.
A few days after I placed my order online, the EP arrived. Opening it, I was struck by the quality of the packaging. I say that because startup bands and early releases often default to lesser packaging due to the cost of production. I hadn’t even heard their music yet, and I was already impressed. A crisp lyrics sheet accompanied a vivid blue disk. The t-shirt I ordered along with the EP also impressed me.
Proof In The Stylus…
Unpackaged, I placed the disk on my turntable, lowered the stylus to the vinyl, and held my breath not having any idea what music lay ahead.
The first track, Personal Concierge, went from reeling me in, to stopping me in my tracks. There’s a tempo about the song that pulled along the physical me, as the lyrics picked away at the thinking me. It was one of those rare songs that got me to like it – immediately.
The next two tracks, Spirals Out, and We Are Mistfits (Just Like You) also have tempo that resonates within the senses, and lyrics which tug at the mind.
The final track, We Are Here, has a different feel to it than the previous tracks, but is just as sincere. Musically, it has a tempo which more allows one to digest the song’s lyrics while listening.
Mixed Thoughts On The Experience…
I’ll never presume to know or suggest what a lyricist is truly thinking when they share a thought, a moment, or a series of actions by placing them into a song. We are free to interpret them as we can. I found the lyrics to all 4 songs worth pondering – again and again. That’s what a good lyric should do.
Last week I threw a dart at an album cover. I hit a bullseye, but I recognize that it was my bullseye and might not be yours. I do recommend this EP though, for anyone who appreciates mindful music. The 4 songs of Where We Are by Balize Mills provide a wide enough target with the scope of its 4 songs, that anyone throwing a dart will score at least a few points and probably more.
Lastly, I am reminded that within all the structures we keep in place and move about in order that we keep ourselves safe, it’s nice to throw a dart from time to time to keep things fresh. Or, to take a left where I generally take a right. Be well… rc
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