Trinity & Triage Released : Overlook Hotel Records

Trinity-and-Triage-Banner_with_logo_outline-620x114Trinity & Triage released on Overlook Hotel Records

After a little over two years of work, the first collection of songs by Trinity & Triage was released on Overlook Hotel Records on January 1, 2014. Described as a progressive folk meets psychedelic/indie rock band, the origins of T&T began with songwriter, Ralph Feetham (Islington, London). Feetham’s unique style and sound on acoustic guitar drives a majority of the music behind this 11-song set.

Trinity & Triage also features the exquisite vocal work of Deanna Quijada. The wide dynamic range of the material is the perfect playground for Quijada’s vocal acrobatics. The first track on the collection is appropriately titled “Surreal.” “Surreal” hints at 60s and 70s rock with a modern sensibility. The track brings to mind bands like Badfinger and The Strawbs if fronted by the love child of Kate Bush, Yma Sumac, Diamanda Galas, and Nena Hagen.

For fans of Deanna Quijada’s cover art, here is the original painting.

Trinity & Triage painting by Deanna Quijada ©2014

©2014 Deanna Quijada

Trinity & Triage contains a very interesting assemblage of instruments used to create the unique sound on this collection of recordings. Traditional instrumentation such as acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drum kit, B3, and vocals are combined with Mellotron, clavichord, harmonium, sitar, and a colorful assortment of percussion instruments. “All At Sea” is a good example of many of the aforementioned items.

Trinity-and-Triage-Logo_medium“We Won’t Say Goodbye” features Feetham’s tasty acoustic guitar work blended with B3, clavichord, Mellotron, and beautiful vocal harmonies. The dream-like ending leaves you reeling in nostalgia, introspection, longing, and hopeful that you will wake up with another chance to take in the warm rays of the sun.

Trinity-and-Triage-Logo_mediumThe self-titled collection of songs also reveals a heavier side. Songs like “Cathedral” and “Those Who Leave” hint at shades of Deep Purple meets Gang Of Four.

“Three Sisters,” like “All At Sea,” draws from traditional folk music influences, yet with a unique approach that is all Trinity & Triage.

Three were the sisters
And he wanted one for his bride
The one who was pretty
As ever, did first catch his eye

So she was
A beautiful sight
But a jungle-cat
So gold were her eyes
They scared him…
So he passed her by

The next wasn’t pretty
But he liked the way she did smile
Like a surrender
And bended her hands like a child
But he wasn’t certain she was the best to be
When he closed that door, he bolted it tightly

Like the deepest, darkest water
Number three, a veil covered
Did he swoon with love?
Does rise the sun?
How he loved the one
Sweet as a sad song

Three were the sisters,
But only were two who did want him
One for his riches
The other, just ‘cause he’d arrived
But Melancholia could not so abide
She closed the door, and turned out the light

(Open, give me what I like)
Are we alone here?
(Fall in love)
Echoes to be
Each to pass by
Are we alone here?
(I’ll be alone)
Are we alone here?

Work on the first official video for “Surreal” from Trinity & Triage is currently underway. More on that later.

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Download the whole album for free from bandcamp here: http://trinityandtriage.bandcamp.com/

If you didn’t get enough T&T music, here is the single of “December’s Song” from Soundcloud. “December’s Song” was lyrically reconstructed based on one of the Boar’s Head Carols, “Tydynges I Bryng 3ow For to Tell,” author unknown. This obscure poem was discovered in a minstrel’s notebook from the 15th century, and no musical form of the carol has survived into modern times. It has been re-imagined by Trinity & Triage.

…and here is an exclusive you won’t find anywhere else.  Every song from the Trinity & Triage album…all at once!

Thanks for listening! Keep sharing the music and links!
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The Origin and History of Overlook Hotel Records

The Origin and History of Overlook Hotel Records

Back in 1999, I released a collection of recordings from my archives called “Room 237 (R237-001)” which became the very first release on Overlook Hotel Records.  It is a small collection of early electronic compositions with one track featuring Todd Gerber (Dinah Shore Jr./Umlaut). Hardly any copies exist (they were made to give out to friends), but you may still be able to locate one at the main library branch in Cincinnati. I also recorded a collection of songs called La Notte – “La Notte De Cavelieri” (R237-002) with my friend Paul Ash (Unto Ashes, Night Gallery). For this release, we burned all of the CDs, printed the artwork, and also did our own cassette duplication.  Despite being a complete DIY project recorded with two microphones in a small room, the recording did well and feedback was very positive. There are probably still quite a few old copies of La Notte floating around the planet. These recordings  mark the beginning of Overlook Hotel Records.

Room 237 - s/t La Notte - "La Notte Dei Cavalieri"

Room 237 – “Rain & Shadows” (with Todd Gerber)

Shortly after these were released, I began working on the dark ambient Umbra project (R237-004). It was released on Overlook Hotel Records as well as mp3.com before they were purchased by Vivendi Universal. I recently reissued it on bandcamp along with the “Umbra: The Dusk Single” (R237-003) which features various percussion backing electronic music. Music from the Umbra release was licensed to use in a film called “Jigsaw” in 2002 and has turned up in some strange places all over the internet and elsewhere.

Kevin Hartnell - "Umbra&quot Kevin Hartnell - "Umbra - The Dusk Single"

Over the next seven years, I spent time playing a lot of gigs, working on the road, working/recording with various bands, and writing my own music sporadically. It wasn’t until 2006 that I released anything of my own. Back in 1995 I had begun playing and studying various percussion instruments, so the next release came in the form of an experiment in home-recording of the aforementioned drums. The Black Drum – “Rakshasa” (R237-005) was released on August 11, 2006. While the results of the recording were not very good, many mistakes were made which proved to be quite educational. I learned that I should focus on what I do best and what I love to do the most – and this project was about as far from that as I could get. Tracks were used for live performances by dance troupes, instructional videos, a documentary, and YouTube videos. After a couple of pressings, the project was pulled out of circulation and remains out of print.
The Black Drum - "Rakshasa&quot
During this time and over the course of the next 4-5 years, I continued working on the road while performing and recording with other bands. I needed a major change. This inadvertently came about in 2008 when I became seriously ill…at the same time that my wife was pregnant…on her birthday (drummers – it’s all in the timing, right?).  These life-changing events worked as a catalyst to kick me into overdrive in regards to working on my own music. This also included studying production, music composition, audio engineering, and working on music with like-minded musicians. From 2010-2013, a huge amount of material was written and recorded. The first project out of the gate was Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” (R237-006). With a blend of rock, post-punk, dark-wave, and indie rock influences, Cambium’s “Let Send A Signal” is a very diverse collection of songs.
Cambium - "Let's Send A Signal&quot

Cambium was released on April 22, 2013 through Bandcamp and marked the beginning of a new era for Overlook Hotel Records now no longer limited to solo works. Around this time, I also organized and produced an independent collection of original songs created as a tribute to Gary Numan called “The Replicon Project.” Some of the artists involved with Cambium also appeared on the tribute.

The next release from Overlook Hotel Records came in the form of an EP of music by Toxic Web, a mix of electronic rock, darkwave, and dark ambient influences.

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The Toxic Web – “I” EP (R237-007) was released on Bandcamp on October 4, 2013. Deanna Quijada, who I consider the undocumented love-child of Kate Bush, Yma Sumac, and Nena Hagen, is featured on some stunning vocal work. As much as I love the title track, I feel that her vocal performance on “My Hands Are Blue” is absolutely fiendish and beautiful. Jason Whitcomb is responsible for the majority of the synth wizardry heard on this 4-track EP as well as sharing vocal and songwriting duties.

The latest release from Overlook Hotel Records is the self-titled Trinity & Triage (R237-008). Released on January 1, 2014, it is a female-fronted, progressive-folk meets psychedelic indie rock while visiting the 70s sound unlike anything else you have ever heard.
Trinity & Triage - "Trinity & Triage&quot

Trinity & Triage contains a very interesting assemblage of instruments used to create the unique sound on this collection of recordings. Traditional instrumentation such as acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drum kit, B3, and vocals are combined with Mellotron, clavichord, harmonium, sitar, and a colorful assortment of percussion instruments. “All At Sea” is a good example of many of the aforementioned items.

Upcoming releases on the way…

Rodin Coil is a solo project I have been working on for some time now. Songs are in various stages of development and slowly making progress in between juggling production duties for various other projects.

Rodin Coil - "Rodin Coil"
*placeholder artwork*

Sinistrad is a dark ambient/post-industrial project with Jason Whitcomb currently in the writing process. Expect music that should only be played in the dark.

Sinistrad;
*artwork has not been finalized*

Also in the works is a solo album from Vic Bonat, a new project from Mike Chambers (dreampop / indie rock), and various other releases currently in development at this time.  If you enjoy the music from Overlook Hotel Records, be sure to stop by our Facebook page as well as each band project page and hit the “like” button. I look forward to sharing our music with you.

Sincerely,
Kevin Hartnell
Overlook Hotel Records

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My Top 20 List of Film and Television Soundtracks From 1970-1980

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 My Top 20 Film & Television Soundtracks From 1970-1980

(with a focus on horror, science fiction, and fantasy)

On rare occasions, when I am not making music, I have time to listen. When I listen, it is generally to radio plays. I also enjoy listening to soundtracks. There were a lot of great films made in the 70’s and 80’s and, as you would expect, some great music was created to go along with them. Of course, there is no guarantee that a great film will have a great score. Sometimes you can find great music in a bad film.  Whatever the case, there are many excellent films out there to enjoy and just as many fascinating soundtracks and scores to listen to.

I have enjoyed horror films and the music contained therein since I was a kid. Speaking of my childhood…the first film I remember seeing (not at home) was “Escape To Witch Mountain” at a drive-in theater in 1975.  They also played Pink Panther cartoons that night. While none of the music from “Escape To Witch Mountain” stuck with me, the theme from the Pink Panther cartoons certainly did.  It wasn’t the beginning of my life-long love affair with film and television music though.  That happened when I heard the theme from “The Twilight Zone.” There was a lot of great music in “The Twilight Zone” created by incredibly talented artists like Nathan Van Cleave, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner, and Bernard Hermann, just to name a few.

Twilight Zone ComposersIn my youth, I also enjoyed watching classic Universal and Hammer horror films, Godzilla movies, Three Stooges shorts, Marx Brothers films, and plenty of cartoons.  Speaking of cartoons, Carl Stalling, anyone? \m/ Since I’m digressing a bit, I should mention that there are some great pieces of music hidden away in thousands of radio plays. Not just CBS EZ Cue drops, either. Okay, back to film and television. Once the 70’s came around, synthesizers became more commonly used in film music. This is where my interest comes in.

The first time I heard synthesizers, I knew it was the future pouring into my ears. Hearing them used in film music was inspiring to me…no matter how cheesy or how low the film budget may have been, I couldn’t get enough of those futuristic sounds! Quite a few of my favorite tracks from film and TV have synths in them and most are from horror/science fiction/fantasy genres with a few exceptions. I will also confess I may have some sort of Mellotron fetish, but that can be addressed in another post.

On to the list!

20. Monty Python’s Life Of Brian – Brian Song by Michael Palin, André Jacquemin, David Howman, John Du Prez, and Sonia Jones (1979)

Lyrics by Michael Palin….and fine lyrics they are!

19. Exorcist II – Magic and Ecstasy by Ennio Morricone (1977)

Sure, the movie is…uh…not the best, but this track is rockin’! Speaking of, I like Exorcist III the best out of the three. Snakefinger did a great cover of this track on his “Chewing Hides The Sound” LP from ’78.

18. Andromeda Strain – Wildfire by Gil Mellé (1971)

Talk about futuristic sounds…lots of found sounds and atonal noise to put you on edge. The soundtrack was released on a hexagonal-shaped LP and can set you back $30-400! Perfect for fans of noise and difficult listening. You can see some photos of the LP on this blog.

17. Eraserhead – In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song) by David Lynch and Peter Ivers (1977)

Yes, it was THAT Peter Ivers. This song (and the film) is haunting, to say the least. I consider this track to be an incredibly powerful earworm. The rest of the soundtrack is worth listening to…in the dark.

16. Maniac – Maniac’s Theme (Main Titles) by Jay Chattaway (1980)

This is a beautiful and fiendish piece of music. I especially love the great melody and tasty fretless bass guitar work.

15. Suspiria – Suspiria by Goblin (1977)

Goblin is one of my favorite bands. Hell, I even own a Goblin t-shirt that glows in the dark! \m/ They were originally a prog-rock band when they were called in to replace the composer for “Profondo Rosso.”

14. Zombi 2 – Sequence 8 by Fabio Frizzi (1979)

Fabio Frizzi, another talented Italian composer on my list, has created seriously creepy music for Lucio Fulci films. Does it have synths? Oh yeah! Does it sound dated? Oh yeah! Is it good? OH YEAH!

13. Kolchak: The Night Stalker – Theme by Gil Mellé (1974)

I used to watch this show with my father and it scared the hell out of me. I still love it and the theme remains a favorite of all-time.

12. Fantastic Planet – Deshominisation (I) by Alain Goraguer (1973)

Having enjoyed cartoons since childhood (Warner Brothers, Tex Avery, Hanna Barbera, Filmation), I also love quite a few animated feature films.  This is one of the best from the 70’s in my opinion and the groovy soundtrack is quite enjoyable.

11. Phantasm – Intro and Main Title by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave (1979)

Do you like silver balls? Do you like silver balls that can fly? Do you like silver balls that can fly through the air, pierce your skull, and suck your blood out? Hell yeah! Don’t we all?!? This soundtrack has a strong scent of the 70’s, but don’t let that discourage you. It’s worth throwing on your over-sized headphones, kicking your bellbottom-covered legs up onto the speaker, and staring at your black light poster collection as you wig out to the freaky sounds created for this happenin’ film from 1979.

10. The Fog – Matthew Ghost Story by John Carpenter (1980)

John Carpenter is not only a great filmmaker, he is also a very talented musician who created some of the coolest soundtracks in the 70’s and 80’s.

09. A Clockwork Orange – Title Music by Wendy Carlos (1971)

This powerful title theme  (Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860 by Henry Purcell) reinterpreted by Wendy Carlos still resonates with me after all these years. It’s hard not to visualize pieces of the film when you hear the music. Some may accuse electronic music of having no “soul” or depth or warmth, but I say Wendy Carlos proves that to be wrong.

08. Profondo Rosso – Profondo Rosso by Goblin (1975)

Goblin returns again! This was the track that sent them into the soundtrack stratosphere.  Claudio Simonetti blends a taste of classical music, prog-rock, and his own unique compositional styling into an incredibly memorable tune.

07. Nosferatu the Vampyre – On the Way by Popol Vuh (1979)

Florian Fricke, founder and mastermind behind Popol Vuh, worked on a handful of great Werner Herzog films. While originally interested in electronic music, he returned to acoustic music and composed some of the most majestic and beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. This particular track is fairly minimal and works quite well outside of the film.

06. Star Wars (aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) – Main Title by John Williams (1977)

What 70’s soundtrack list would be complete without something from John Williams? What else is there to say? Well, I can still remember quite a lot about seeing this in the theater when it came out. When the music started, everyone in the room new it was going to be something special.

05. Halloween – Halloween Theme by John Carpenter (1978)

Yes, it’s the Top Five! This is a legendary piece of horror film music. I recall John Carpenter saying that the origins of the piece came from his father teaching him an exercise in 5/4. If you are a horror film fan and you haven’t heard this theme, you may live under a rock.

04. Aguirre, the Wrath of God – Lacrime Di Re by Popol Vuh (1972)

This is an incredibly beautiful piece of music. I never grow tired of it. While I have only seen the film once and enjoyed it, this track stands by itself extremely well.

03. Doctor Who – Main Theme (originally by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire) updated by Peter Howell (1980)

Doctor Who left quite an impression on me as a young teenager. Who can forget Tom Baker and his impressive hair, long scarf, and wicked grin? The original theme is my favorite version, but this list only covers ’70-’80 and I really like the Peter Howell version too!

02. Dawn Of The Dead – L’alba Dei Morti Viventi by Goblin (1978)

If you will recall, I mentioned Goblin being one of my favorite bands, so it should come as no surprise to see them appear in the Top Five! Great movie, great soundtrack, great film library music cues, too! This track has been very inspirational to me as a musician (as well as Goblin). It is also another example of film music that needs no film to be thoroughly enjoyed.

01. The Shining – Main Title “The Shining” by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind (1980)

Finally we arrive at my #1 pick for the best film/TV soundtrack. The film itself is also at the top of my list of favorite movies. Symphonie Fantastique: Dies Irae connection? Sure! Dig those crazy tubas, man! But…this is so much better to me. I find it almost impossible to hear this theme and not picture the car driving through the mountains at the beginning of the film. I love all of the music used in the film. Krzysztof Penderecki, György Ligeti, Béla Bartók, Henry Hall and the Gleneagles Hotel Band, Al Bowlly & Ray Noble Orchestra, Jack Hylton And His Orchestra. It is an unforgettable piece of music and will probably remain at the top of my list for the rest of my life.

There you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and perhaps discovered something new. Feel free to leave a comment with your own top 20!

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