Blake Jones | Theremins of Mystery

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Theremins of Mystery

by Blake Jones

Twelve new instrumental tracks from the leader of The Trike Shop where toy piano and theremin sit alongside more traditional instruments and harmony vocals, to lead you through a world of sci-fi, surf and weird foreign films.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Astronauts in Trouble
2:01 $0.99
2. Summer
2:34 $0.99
3. Music to Change Clothes By
3:54 $0.99
4. If Hawthorne Were Foggy
2:18 $0.99
5. Frippernesia
2:25 $0.99
6. Dark Sea Slide
3:24 $0.99
7. Lemon Pie Mardi Gras
2:41 $0.99
8. Baba Dance
3:09 $0.99
9. Under Halloween Leaves
2:32 $0.99
10. Concerto in D. Mov.II (A. Vivaldi)
4:09 $0.99
11. 2 Minute Horror Movie
2:07 $0.99
12. Overture
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
....‘yeah.....but what kind of music do you play?’

A broad landscape of mad-scientist
pop presented in the context of twelve captivating instrumental miniatures:
from 50’s sci-fi to Esquivel-like lounge, from Brian Wilson-tinged pop to an adaptation of a Vivaldi favorite. Take this CD home with you and let the theremins, toy pianos, and assorted other oddities invade your home.

Blake Jones , leader of California’s avant-pop band Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, has stepped out on his own to deliver you this collection of music that is as
diverse as the people and places that have chimed in with enthusiastic reviews of Jones’ music:

from “Cool and Strange Music Magazine”
“clean, orderly and unabashed pop ...of the highest optimism.

(forgive the rough web-translation from Italian)
The ancestors do not deviate dall'abitudinario: "Sixties pop music,'50s science fiction
and maybe even a little dash of vocal music .." qualche strumento bizzarro o
perlomeno inconsueto come theremin e Vox. some bizarre instrument, or at least
unusual as theremin and Vox.
L'ironia appare sovente nell'operazione senza esser mai stucchevole o programmata
a tavolino; ne giova l'equilibrio dell'album risultando davvero esemplare. The irony
appears in the often without ever being cloying or planned to table, it is worth the
balance of your being truly exemplary.

from Smother Magazine:
...catchy harmonies and intriguing pop hooks. Layering buckets of vocal harmonies seems to
be the new smart thing to do in the underground but many bands don’t do it quite as clever.
The album feels very Brian Wilson with an early ‘60’s pop-rock flavor that lasts well into
the heart of the album. But perhaps what makes it even more like something from Beach
Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is its inventive use of instrumentation with a shopping list
of instruments including toy pianos, organ, theremin, as well as the usual suspects.



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Rob Darby

Creative and Up!
Anyone who thinks the theremin is just a sci-fi effect instrument hasn't heard this music. In the hands of Blake Jones (or, more properly, NEAR the hands...), the theremin is a musical instrument. On "Theremins Of Mystery," it's other-worldy sound is combined very effectively with great pop sensibilities. "Astronauts In Trouble" opens the CD with a wonderfully suspenseful melody played on the theremin and doubled with a celeste sound. This is supported by very effective percussion and by guitar that makes you think maybe, just maybe, the astronauts got into trouble while surfing. Track 2,"Summer" is a feel-good, folksy piece. Beautiful, just as Summer ought to be. "Music to Change Clothes By" has, once again, a very strong melody, and superb production. It might inspire you to spend the day trying on all your old clothes--just so you have an excuse to listen one more time. "Frippernesia" is not something to sleep to, but it is very catchy, but in a way that would make Mr. F. proud. And of course, there's Vivaldi's famous Concerto for Mandolin and Theremin. Even with the prominence of the theremin, Blake's arrangement takes you to an 18th-century Italian country setting. "Overture" wraps it all up as a kind of End Credits piece with a dash of Sgt. Pepper's era Beatles influence. This is a very melodic album. It is also a listening adventure, considering the diversity of sounds and influences that have their place in the music. For the sake of brevity, I have not commented on every track, but they are all worthy of a good listen. There's not a clunker in the bunch!