Album Release: Trinity Demask's Elemental

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Trinity Demask's new album is a lyrical confession.

Trinity Demask. Photo Credit:  Anne Preston Brisnehan

Trinity Demask. Photo Credit: Anne Preston Brisnehan

Arvada based singer/songwriter Trinity Demask recently released her third album, Elemental. Demask, who started singing at open mics in 2001, quickly transitioned to performing professionally and has released her other titles both solo and with her band Third Road Home. Demask said that Elemental, like her other work, is “confessional, intimate, and lyrical”. But’s it’s a little different too.

“The underlying theme [of this album] is the elemental experience of love and connection; from the excitement and hope of new and rediscovered love, to the heartache of abandonment of grief and loss.” said Demask.

The album seems to wind through Demask’s vocal range- sometimes quiet; other times powerful and soulful. Elemental is the type of album you’d listen to on a quiet Sunday drive through the mountains. And based on what Demask says about her music, this somehow makes sense:

“I always describe my music as a soundtrack for life’s little detours, breakdowns, and roadside revelations. . . Life is all about the journey. That’s the message I often convey in my songs. . . There’s bound to be something unexpected and beautiful around the next corner.”

And Elemental is just that thing. Give the album's title track a listen below and check out the whole album on Demask's Bandcamp page here.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

SEND US YOUR NEW MUSIC!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

The deets on submitting to us for features. 

It's #MusicMonday once again and today we're keeping it short & sweet Beaters. Over the past few months, we've had several local artists submit new singles, EPs, mixtapes and full-length albums for us to review. And guess what? WE WANT MORE!

When we review your work, we promote it on our website and our social media, PLUS you can pull press quotes from our pieces and use them for your own promo! Like this:

How cool is that kids?

How cool is that kids?

And guess what? We actually listen to your sh*t. So what we write isn't based on one or two spins of your track(s)- WE GO DEEP. We're artists ourselves so we know how personal it is to have someone review your work. Our intention is to extend the reach of your work by telling people how awesome it is and to build a long-term relationship with you so that we can keep growing your fan base, and our own. And though some room-for-improvement comments might be made, that's how we all grow in making art. We always find something to appreciate in everyone's creative work and process. And we want to share that with all of our local music lovers.

SO BOULDER AND DENVER: If you know someone who knows someone who's in a band (or that someone is you), send your work our way! We want to spread your creations; your vibrations. Simply head over to our Contact Page here and get in touch with us. We can't wait to put our headphones in and listen to you.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The Fox King: Boulder Artist Michael Maloney Wants to Design Your Next Album Cover

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Looking for new album art? This is your guy.

The Fox King.

The Fox King.

At BolderBeat, our main focus is music and everything that makes music happen. So today we’d like to present local artist Michael Maloney. Canvas, resin, print, digital media, Photoshop, costuming, animation- Maloney, who creates under the moniker OhhMika: The Fox King- has done it all. Originally from Pennsylvania, The Fox King moved here a few months ago somewhat by chance in one of those I-was-visiting-and-never-left scenarios. I met Maloney when coordinating the song artwork for the recently featured Whiskey Autumn vocal track series, and the more I chatted with him, the more I wanted to share his work. Maloney is a true artistic asset in the Boulder community, and one who is really hoping to work with local bands for their art needs. Read on:

So did you always draw? Or where did things begin?

My dad was actually a tattoo artist, and so when he was working on tattoos, I would sit down with him and my crayons or colored pencils and we would draw together. As a kid, we never went without, but I didn’t have whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it either. So I actually would make my own toys- paper dolls, different sculptures, and drawings. I was really my own source of entertainment and as I got older, I just stuck with it. I became a lot more serious in college- I took different art classes for my major in graphic design and I started a sketchbook where I would track my progress and reflect on my drawings.

An original OhhMika animation.

An original OhhMika animation.

And so what about now? I know that you do a lot of digital work- is that your focus?

So I do a lot in Photoshop- collages with different photos that I take. But really I’m a traditional artist- I do a lot of drawing and I like the physical aspect of making art. That said, digital is much more convenient since I don’t have to buy supplies. I actually have programs where I can simulate oil and canvas or sculpting, and I just finished a 3D printed figure this week, an anime character that I created. I spend a lot of my free time on art- I explore around Boulder for Photoshop collages. Sometimes I find animal bones or claws and I turn those into different resin pieces. And then I am working on a comic book character- I’ve done digital illustrations for the character and also created a real-life costume of him. I’m also making my own deck of tarot cards.

One of Maloney's comic book illustrations.

One of Maloney's comic book illustrations.

It’s so awesome that you explore such different mediums- is there anywhere specifically that you draw inspiration from for your work?

Nature is a big physical inspiration. With photo collaging and illustrations, I use a lot of fractals, patterns, animals, and plants. And some things have been inspired by psychedelic experiences.

OHHMIKA CREATED THIS COLLAGe  Using photos of real foxes he found & the Flatirons.

OHHMIKA CREATED THIS COLLAGe Using photos of real foxes he found & the Flatirons.

Sweet. I know you mentioned wanting to work with Boulder bands. Talk to me about that.

I am definitely hoping to work with local bands. I can do album art, flyers, merch, and anything else they want. I have some art prints of my own up on Society6, so I could help them design their own prints and posters too. There is so much I can do digitally, and I have experience in making merchandise- hats, t-shirts, etc. I’ve also been trying to learn how to do lyric videos with After Effects, like the ones you see on YouTube where the art in the background is all original and the band’s lyrics are on screen. Still playing with that though!

I actually make my own music too- I do 8-bit covers and I write atmospheric metal songs- really tight polyrhythms with really pretty, echoey transient sounds on top of [the track]. So I understand the process of creating music and how important it is to communicate music visually with something like album artwork or posters.

Righteous. You can preview more of The Fox King’s work on his Instagram and his Facebook page. To work with him on your next art project, send OhhMika an email at ohhmikathefoxkingart@gmail.com or message him on Facebook. And if you want to buy any of his prints, order them here.

-Hannah

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All photos per the artist featured. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

a Drawing-inspired piece.

a Drawing-inspired piece.

Isolated Vocal Release: Whiskey Autumn's "A Fool's Errand"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Whiskey Autumn's isolated vocals series is a cool look into their sound. 

A few months ago, Whiskey Autumn approached me about modeling for their isolated vocal release series. Frontman Greg Laut storyboarded, directed, photographed, and styled the shoot for their “Letterman Sweater” track artwork, which you can see and listen to here:

In talking with Laut more about Whiskey Autumn’s isolated vocal tracks, I was inspired to work with him on the production of the artwork for their most recent release, “A Fool’s Errand.” Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we put this shoot together:

First off- what made you decide to release an isolated vocal series? And why create artwork for each track?

Isolated vocal tracks are meant to showcase a song in a way that people haven’t heard yet. The idea stemmed from nerding out on YouTube and listening to isolated vocal cuts from classic Beatles and Beach Boys songs such as "This Boy" and "Wouldn’t It Be Nice." Removing the backing instrumentation allows these songs to take on new life and emphasizes how important the vocals are to the overall sound of the recordings.

Many of the songs I write tell stories, and creating photos provides an image for the narrative. It’s fun to present a visual story and is more engaging than posting our existing album covers which people are familiar with at this point.

The images really do bring the story to life. “Letterman Sweater” was really the beginning of the portrait-style art behind each vocal release. What were you hoping to communicate with the artwork for that particular song?

“Letterman Sweater” is the story of a young man pining for his lost love. The only place he can understand and make the girl happy is in his dreams, where she is cold and puts on his sweater. The photo represents his dream world where the girl wears a piece of him and everything is a bit surreal. I wanted the picture to convey a sense of innocence since the song is about young, naive love.

Sweet. So let’s jump into the thought process behind “A Fool’s Errand.” Originally, you came to me with the idea of wanting the photo to have a feeling of rebellion. You had a strong sense of direction with this photo relating to the lyrics “adorn every white picket fence in flames.” Talk more about that.

When Whiskey Autumn was initially brainstorming album cover ideas for “Call You Mine,” I really wanted the cover to be a white picket fence on fire in front of an idyllic ‘American Dream’ type of house. We went with a different idea, but months later, I still thought this would make for a grabbing image. We just pivoted from the direction of literally lighting a fence on fire to a rebellious man preparing to burn down an established dream that he doesn’t believe in.

Speaking of the rebellious man, let’s give a quick introduction to our model. I actually did a Craigslist casting call for this shoot. We had a ton of people submit, and eventually local artist Michael Maloney reached out to us. His long hair and awesome tattoos (which he designed himself) seemed like a perfect fit for the defiant look of this photo. After an initial meet-up (and eventually an interview for his own feature, which will be published tomorrow detailing his cool artwork), we knew he was a perfect fit.

Which brings me to what I love most about the theme of this track art- the portrait element. It makes the song feel like it’s focusing on a character; a specific story, which I think is an awesome blend with such stripped-down tracks. Cut the instruments; add a strong visual. It’s a cool way for people to envision and interpret the songs differently and it presents something for their imagination to jump from.

Definitely. Even though I have my own interpretation of each song, listeners will naturally project their own feelings and perspectives onto them. Hopefully the photos will showcase what the songs mean to me while giving others a new vantage point to develop their own perceptions.

So stoked for more releases in this series. Check out the final photo we chose from our shoot and give “A Fool’s Errand” a listen here:

And make sure to check back tomorrow for the feature on the model in the photo, local artist Michael Maloney aka OhhMika The Fox King!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.