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Breathing Dreams

by Ike Moriz

Beautifully crafted shiny shimmering Indie Pop/Rock anthems from South Africa's vocal sensation Ike Moriz
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Atlantis
3:30 $0.99
2. Breathing Dreams
3:44 $0.99
3. Apollo
2:37 $0.99
4. Still
4:09 $0.99
5. (The Journey Of The) White Baboons
4:44 $0.99
6. Whatever
3:08 $0.99
7. Not About You
3:41 $0.99
8. Heaven
3:34 $0.99
9. Another Me And You
4:00 $0.99
10. Hold My Breath
3:28 $0.99
11. Demian
4:24 $0.99
12. In Every Place
3:29 $0.99
13. Right Then
2:35 $0.99
14. Peace Dream (Upupha Ngoxolo) (Feat. Brothers With Voices)
3:53 $0.99
15. I Believe It Can Be Done
2:36 $0.99
16. You Could (2011)
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mosquito Records London proudly presents Ike Moriz’s 12th studio album entitled “BREATHING DREAMS” (original, melodic Rock/Pop):
Since his last original Rock album release hit in 2007/2008 (All Around The World) Moriz has recorded & published eight Swing/Jazz albums, he filmed several music videos, and he toured South Africa & Northern Europe playing over 300 concerts. During this incredible 4 year-journey Ike composed, produced & recorded 16 beautifully crafted, unique, brand-new Rock/Pop songs (incl. 3 cover songs by The Talking Heads, Iggy Pop & Jeff Barry).

In the process Ike reunited with his incredibly versatile band of top South African session musicians at the infamous Paris studios in Cape Town. This powerful collection of poetic musical gemstones reflects the spiritual awakening & life journey of a highly aware, experienced, multi-faceted artist of the 21st century at the top of his game.

Moriz is breathing life into his dreams & ideas through his songs starting our journey of exploring this album with the epic, mythical opening song ‘Atlantis’ which offers a glimpse into Moriz’s optimistic & realistic view of the human condition through the ages. It is followed by the upbeat, warm & feel-good title track ‘Breathing Dreams’ and the folky pop ballad ‘Apollo’ inspired by the ancient divine archetype. The next song is a classic carpe diem pop/rock anthem called ‘Still’ which is an energetic re-recording of his highly acclaimed hit song which first appeared on his debut album ‘Mirrors and Shade’ in 2003 (voted song of the month by Rock legend David Bowie).

Moriz then changes the setting with the spiritual Bob Marley-esque reggae tale of ‘(The journey of the) White Baboons’ which comes as a pleasant surprise & also ends with one (listen out for it!). Our journey continues through Ike’s tongue-in-cheek version of Iggy Pop’s lesser known Punk Rock escapade ‘Whatever’ which acts as a spicy palate cleanser enabling us to fully absorb & appreciate the radio-friendly, catchy & infectious love song ‘Not About You’ followed by Moriz’s shiny & minimalist version of The Talking Heads’ classic ‘Heaven’.

‘Another Me & You’ is probably the darkest, heaviest & most grungy song of the album beautifully showing the dark side of falling in love. It leads smoothly into the angry & powerful rock song ‘Hold My Breath’ which ironically contains the longest held note of the album and with a length of just over 21 seconds (on the word ‘breath-ohuhoh’) one second longer than the believed longest held note in a song in UK chart history by Harket in ‘A-ha’s 2000 song ‘Summer Moved On’.

The soft & dramatic alternative indie pop ballad ‘Demian’ inspired by Hermann Hesse’s famous book of the same title leads us into the light-hearted Beatles-like love song ‘In Every Place’ before Moriz changes the pace with the eerie disillusioned vision of ‘Right Then’. ‘Peace Dream’ is a collaboration with the South African vocals ensemble ‘Brothers With Voices’ from the Hout Bay township who Ike has been mentoring & sponsoring since 2007. It contains both English and ‘Xhosa’ lyrics. The album ends with a very bare and raw version of Jeff Barry’s ‘I Believe It Can Be Done’ which has never before been released on CD as it only appeared as a song sung by actor Ray Sharkey in a long forgotten 80’s movie called ‘The Idol maker’. Last but not least, song number 16, the bonus track is a re-recording of Ike’s debut album song ‘You Could’: A very catchy and enigmatic rock/pop love ballad.

(8) HEAVEN**
(14) PEACE DREAM (UPHUPA NGOXOLO) feat. Brothers With Voices
bonus track:
(16) YOU COULD (2011)

(c)2011 Ike Moriz. Mosquito Records London; 
All songs written & produced by Ike Moriz, except track(6)* written by Iggy Pop, track(8)** written by David Byrne & Jerry Harrison and track(15)*** written by Jeff Barry.

cover design: www.lape-art.de (Lars Pestrup) 08/2011
cover photograph: Stefan Herrmann 08/2011

Distribution: Select Music Distribution in SA
Publishing: Ike Moriz (Mosquito Records London)
Sub – Publishing: Sheer Publishing in SA

For further information and/or interviews with Ike Moriz, please contact
or mail@mosquitorecords.co.za



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Rob F.

“... Moriz takes hold of his material & dominates its tones & nuances with his u
Ike Moriz - Breathing Dreams (Mosquito Records London)
We don’t get to hear many South African artists. Ike Moriz is based in Cape Town, as is his record label, though its name suggests otherwise. A little online research indicates Moriz is something of a star in his home nation, and listening to “Breathing Dreams” it’s not difficult to understand why. For a start, there’s his voice. Pitched somewhere between David Bowie and Jack Bruce, Moriz takes hold of his material and dominates its tones and nuances with his utterly distinctive chords. It’s powerful and compelling, and is completely in tune with the drama of his songs.

And the songs are so ambitious. Produced and arranged for maximum impact, Miraz leads a huge band of musicians (14 are mentioned on his website, plus the South African vocal troupe Brothers With Voices) who take on genres as varied as glam, indie, alt. rock and pop reggae. Highlights are plentiful: “Atlantis” is keyboard driven with Moriz’ croon leading the way, “Still” is pristine, grown-up pop, the sort of thing Paddy McAloon did with Prefab Sprout during their heyday, and “(The Journey Of The) White Baboons” brings sunnier rhythms to bear. “Whatever” rocks gloriously and “Peace Dream (Upupha Ngoxoio)” includes the fore mentioned Brothers With Voices, and what a wonderful noise they make.

IAE Magazine, Georgia, Atlanta

classic pop-rock / great songs!
Ike Moriz must have liquid music flowing from his heart to his guitar. Having released 12
CD's, Ike has managed to maintain a successful music career that spans more than a
decade of recording, writing and touring. His latest project, BREATHING DREAMS, is a 16
track album that shows off the experience this musician has gained; something many
rock artists have not managed to stick around long enough to do.

"Breathing Dreams", the title track to Ike's latest release on Mosquito Records London, is
a song that needs no bragging. This song toots its own horn (no pun intended) with a
brilliant sound that stirs up the listener's emotions and almost makes you feel like you're
in a dream. The music on Breathing Dreams emits a level of classic pop-rock that takes
you back to when great songs weren't judged by how many MTV Video Music Awards or
Top 40 radio spins it was given. This is a great song that will be enjoyed by the true fans
of the pop-rock genre.

In addition to Breathing Dreams, this South African musician offers up more great rock
songs, including: "Apollo", "Whatever", "In Every Place", and "Peace Dream" (has a great
message). Each one of these tracks embodies the creative genius that only a seasoned
musician and songwriter could give us.

This is a note to other rock artists and bands who don't quite understand what it means
to have a career...not just a record deal. Ike Moriz is the perfect example of what
happens when you stay focused and determined, but more importantly, when you make
good music for people to enjoy for many years. You should check this guy out, I'm sure
you'll hear several songs that will make you an Ike fan.