Dronefly EP Released: Overlook Hotel Records May 1, 2014

Dronefly_WP_Banner_620x114Dronefly EP released on Overlook Hotel Records May 1, 2014

Overlook Hotel Records is proud to announce the new Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Indie EP release by Dronefly on May 1, 2014!

Overlook Hotel Records has released the very first EP from dream pop/shoegaze/indie rock trio Dronefly! The 4-track EP features subtle and sublime guitar textures with vocals ranging from delicate to majestic to create a highly dynamic listening experience. 4AD, FatCat,
Slumberland Records, shoegazers, and fans of highly melodic music will find Dronefly right at home in their music collections.You can find them on Facebook, Soundcloud, and the EP is available for free streaming or download on Bandcamp.

Dronefly – “Closer” (2014)

On planet where I
First encountered your kind
Where fingers beam and ripples burn
For a whisper of sky
Contemplating your eyes
Could you transmit to my world?
Distant beam of cooling light

I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you close
Close
Close

On the planet where I
First encountered your sigh
The sweetest aria
Was I calling your name
As you floated in space
Unaware of my cry?
Distant beam of cooling light

I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you close
So close now
You’ll share my every doubt
So close now

Coming Soon! Dronefly EP to be released on Overlook Hotel Records May 1, 2014

Dronefly_WP_Banner_620x114Dronefly EP to be released on Overlook Hotel Records May 1, 2014

Overlook Hotel Records is proud to announce the upcoming new EP release by Dronefly on May 1, 2014! The EP will feature four tracks of tastefully textured dreampop / shoegaze / indie rock.

Dronefly is the brainchild of Mike Chambers and features beautiful melodies, floating guitar lines, Mellotron, delicate synth textures, as well as incredibly talented vocal work.

Here is a sneak preview at the first track on the EP called “Closer.”

Dronefly – “Closer” (2014)

On planet where I
First encountered your kind
Where fingers beam and ripples burn
For a whisper of sky
Contemplating your eyes
Could you transmit to my world?
Distant beam of cooling light

I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you close
Close
Close

On the planet where I
First encountered your sigh
The sweetest aria
Was I calling your name
As you floated in space
Unaware of my cry?
Distant beam of cooling light

I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you closer
I’ll bring you close
So close now
You’ll share my every doubt
So close now
You’ll share my doubt

You can find Dronefly on Facebook, Soundcloud, and the EP will be available for free download on Bandcamp May 1, 2014.

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/

“Like” Trinity & Triage on Facebook here: Trinity & Triage

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

Overlook Hotel Records BannerThe Origin and History of Overlook Hotel Records

Overlook Hotel Records LogoBack 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.  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"
*artwork has not been finalized*

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

Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” is finally released!

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Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal”

We are pleased to announce that Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” on Overlook Hotel Records is available as a free download on Bandcamp! “Let’s Send A Signal” contains fourteen tracks of original music created in our secret laboratory.

Vic, Jason, Mike, Mat, and I spent a year writing, recording, mixing, and throwing hammers around in a grand effort to bring you something special! Do you like your rock with synths? Perhaps you prefer your synths with guitars. Maybe you are like me and enjoy a very diverse array of musical styles, sometimes across the same album, or maybe even throughout the course of the same song.

What does it sound like? I’ve heard “future retro” thrown out there, but I have no idea what that means! Press the play button below and decide for yourself. Please share our link, “like” us on Facebook, follow our Twitter account, and enjoy some new music from Cambium!

Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” Coming Soon!

Cambium BannerCambium – “Let’s Send A Signal”

Cambium is one of the latest projects I have been working on with some extremely talented friends of mine.  We’ve spent the last year writing, tweaking, editing, mixing, and finally mastering our new album. “Let’s Send A Signal” will be released in just two short days on Overlook Hotel Records. Cambium merges hard rock, electro-rock, darkwave, post-punk, and indie rock into a highly melodic and powerful listening experience. I am very proud of our hard work and look forward to sharing it with everyone.

Here are two singles from the record, which will be available at http://cambium.bandcamp.com/ as well as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and many other locations.

“Let’s Send A Signal”

“Salton”