Jim Emmons | In The Absence of Red

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In The Absence of Red

by Jim Emmons

A whole new realm of deep, inspired grooves featuring his signature hybrid of pop/rock/jazz flavored tunes and melted them into his best, new album to date featuring the unique lyrical alchemy of NYC poet/author Geoffrey Dicker.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Scorpio (part 1)
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2. The First Time
4:20 $0.99
3. Amazing
6:15 $0.99
4. Close Your Eyes
4:37 $0.99
5. Liquid Sexuality
5:04 $0.99
6. Scorpio (part 2)
5:30 $0.99
7. The Color of Sound
7:06 $0.99
8. Dance 'til Dawn
5:30 $0.99
9. Bring You Back
5:37 $0.99
10. All Over
6:51 $0.99
11. Scorpio (part 3)
11:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
"In The Absence of Red" is the latest tour de force by indie pop singer/songwriter Jim Emmons. Featuring his signature hybrid of pop, rock, and jazz flavored grooves, "Absence" is full of complex themes, melodies, and ideas. As he has done in the past, "Absence" is also fully produced and performed by Emmons, along with him playing all the instruments as well. The album also features the lyrics of poet and author Geoffrey Dicker, whose first stint in the music buisness was being a creative consultant for Prince's last Warner Brothers album "Ultimate Prince," a collection of greatest hits and rare remixes from the artist.

During the Summer of 2007, Jim was randomly searching the internet and accidentally Google'd a link to the book of poetry "Sketches of Verbal Alchemy," which was written by Geoffrey. After reading a few passages, Jim was immediately taken by the unique and creative approach Geoffrey uses in his lyrics. He contacted him just to express his appreciation for the work, but that simple gesture would soon turn into something far greater than both could ever imagine. Jim asked Geoffrey if he'd ever thought of having music formed around his lyrics, to which Dicker replied "Go for it if you hear something." Seizing the opporotunity and realizing the potential, Jim immediately composed and recorded no less than 8 short demos from passages in Geoffrey's book. Both of them were blown away at the inspired, but brief recordings. It wasn't long and the well of inspiration had burst wide open and both Emmons and Dicker were flooded with song ideas. Over the course of the Fall and Winter of 2007, a sizeable cache of songs had formed and soon, the album "In The Absence of Red" began to take shape and by February 2008, it was ready to be born and given life.

The finished product is one that will easily be considered one of Emmons' classic albums, and one that fans are sure to readily embrace. The entire album has a thematic quality throughout while giving off a cinematic sonic presence. Even the album cover is portayed as a singular widescreen film cell. The music is refreshingly new and inventive, yet accessible and familiar, the lyrics are poignant, thought provoking, and yet they have a bittersweet twist to them. From start to finish, the journey through "In The Absence of Red" is one that fans will want to take over and over and at the end of each trip, they're sure to get a smile every single time.


"Technology and computers accentuate, do not dominate."

-Jim Emmons

Jim Emmons may have already been in the back of someone's thoughts when you hear In The Absence Of Red for the first time, because he knows a particular area where styles and attitudes come together. Just how many people this common mind may potentially include, however, Emmons himself may not know yet. He just reaches into a comfort zone that is crafted out of strong feeling, filling every word, and illustrated in a wide palette of instrumental and rhythmic effects, where he is already in the midst of something, accentuating a conversation such as one he spots in a crowd that interests him. There is alot of this music to call home to, because Jim listens to many different sounds he calls "centers," and draws them all into his own very focused, warm voice which he uses to call on the memory of different sides to a familar scene, accompanying himself in several ways, making a full day-into-night of each song idea. Before you know it, he's run the gamut of musical worlds and styles, which he masters with ease (you'll have to listen deeper for any obvious influences), such as on the jazz-informed dance number "Liquid Sexuality", and has become somebody's lived-in shadow. Emmons composes from his keyboard lots of urban legend-ry, with a camera's attention to detail, and these scenes of desire and sensuality come to life through his many instrumental talents, which include guitar, layering and simple inspiration. For this album, Jim collaborated with aspiring lyricist Geoffrey Dicker, who's recently published his own book of wordplay called Sketches Of Verbal Alchemy, and his writing seems to want to suggest that language can be a way in and out of confusion. At times, when allowed to reflect uncommonly these lyrics appear to be hinting at the possibility of something deeper than the color of passion, such as "In The Absence of Red" and the "Color Of Sound." Some of those suggestions play easier on what's literally behind a name: in a triple repeater ("Scorpio"), the animal "doing time on somebody's constellation" of choices, is a real scorpion who can spring in a moment's notice and deliver the fatal sting of realization. Throughout all this casual scenery, there might be an actual lesson: that love comes with consequences, and can make even the hardest romantic a mortal soul. Behind the scenes, Jim is just a good friend who wants to make sure that you'll be okay with what you have to offer when you meet him. And he offers his own music as a hand, reassuring you and your friends to dare a little while dreaming outloud. Music written, performed and produced by Jim Emmons, and coming to where you live, exclusively from a heart, beating through a machine brightly. (For the curious, some new sounds Jim is really feeling right now, are Canadian songwriter Leslie Feist, an amazing keyboard maverick called Gonzales, and a trooper named KT Tunstall, "Suddenly I See.")

-Review by RK



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