Wow by Ty Showers

For a slice of upbeat uniqueness check out ‘Wow’ by Ty Showers! A dubstep, electronic, jazzy fusion of amazing proportions, Ty Showers continues to top himself by consistently bringing us cool and unusual music. Music Lover’s Tip: Play this one on your best headphones or speakers…the drums really do give a good thump!

Lyric-less and rhythmic, this track is all groove. Indeed, this instrumentation is so spot on that it would likely take away from the tracks had lyrics been added in. Despite the lack of lyrics, the track in conjunction with promotional picture seem to tell the story of a man who is simply smitten by the beauty of an unnamed woman…and decided to compose a song to speak to the awe inspired by her elegance.

A soundtrack of sorts, be sure to play this track every time you find yourself in a situation that is indescribably awesome. Whether it’s the beauty of a mysterious woman, the fact that you just got that long shot of a promotion, an amazing meal, a marriage proposal, or just an overall fantastic day…put this track on repeat and let Ty Showers speak for you. Indeed, we all have those moments in life that makes us go…’Wow’!

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Meet Gyre

A budding legend in his own right, the latest Canadian export, Gyre has been writing and recording his own brand of electronically charged, downtempo, chill out music for upwards of 17 years. A champion of instrumentation, this multifaceted musician is adept in playing an array of instruments and possesses a plethora of other music-related proficiencies. Perhaps most notably, he plays the drums, guitar, bass, harmonica, accordion and he even performs vocals.

A certain prodigy of sorts, Gyre has also been playing the piano since the ripe old age of 4, reads and writes standard notation, and freely utilizes musical theory when creating his epic compositions. Almost equally impressive, the artist has been producing and mixing for nearly a decade.

Presently focusing on his musical future, this rising star has been broadening his horizons. Now flexing his talents in an alternative rock band by the name of “RDO” or Roy Davidson Orchestra, Gyre has also added the prestige of ‘lead singer’ and ‘rhythm guitarist’ to his already stellar resume. To top it all off, he has taken on the hat of musical entrepreneur. Co-founder of his own recording company, Yamamonkey Records, specializing in recording and promoting fellow local indie artists, this young mogul promises his following a fanciful trip to the top. Indeed, meet our new star, Gyre!

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Pack a bag and take a trip to Ceretta’s House

Calima Shatiday pulls a page out of the Ty Showers’ playbook on this one, setting up a steady, move-and-groove beat at about 106 per minute—a favorite Ty tempo—and taking it out for a good long walk before bringing in the brass over the top. “Ceretta’s House” is the title track of Shatiday’s 2010 release, but it would be at home on just about any album with an eponymous Showers in the title.

Maybe sharing a label with Taliferro’s long-time maestro of electronic jazz and funk has rubbed off a little—a welcome influence for any musician working in these genres. The drum programming here is nicely naturalistic, and there’s a decisive, authoritative snap from first measure to last that suggests a mature confidence.

The synth-trumpet that takes a sustained solo through three minutes of the 3:50 running time has a big, roomy quality. It sounds like it’s literally bouncing off the walls, echoing in a way that reminds me just slightly of an old Paul Horn album recorded inside the Taj Mahal. That music was nothing like this, but the spacious, reflective feel comes from somewhere on the same block.

I doubt Ceretta lives near the Taj Mahal. Wherever she lives, and whoever she is (I assume it’s a she), sounds as if she’s got a great place to hang. Imagine the steam and smell of hot food coming out of the kitchen, a dining room table where people are talking and laughing, and of course, good music on the stereo. “I want to go there,” as the kids say.

Take a walk to “Ceretta’s House” in your mind. Pack a bag. You’ll want to stay awhile.

Jim Howard

Not Only Jazz Lovers

Singer/songwriter/entertainer Ty Showers is at it once again! This time he has released a series of genre-grouped compilations featuring an array of his classics as well as some fresh and new sounds! ‘0.2’, the second release of this musical anthology, promises a varied set of jazz-fusionesque tracks. The project is composed of 14 awesome jazzy tracks that will certain awaken the dormant jazz lover in you!

Certainly no stickler for conventional songwriting/ composition, the project features a wide variety of diverse, yet uniform sounding pieces. The early stand-outs being ‘Zata’, ‘On The Road’, and “River Dream’ each of which have already accumulated several thousands in streams. What’s more, with tracks such as the rhythmic ‘Jungle Paw’, and the hard-hitting ‘Catching Hell’, this album is filled with twists, turns, and surprises around every corner. Each piece is good enough to stand alone, yet there’s an odd sense of cohesion when listening to this project overall; a true testament to Ty Showers’ level of artistry.

This project is perfect for not only jazz lovers, but for all lovers of good music. Don’t let the categorization of ‘jazz’ confuse you, Showers music is simultaneously nothing like you’ve experienced while maintaining the quality standard that we’ve all become accustomed to. Listen to ‘0.2’ and make it number 1 on your jazz playlist!

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