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Awake and Dream

by Minos the Saint

Defying easy genre classification, this South Louisiana band's debut full length captures their dreamy, well-travelled sound, flavored by whimsical orchestral brass, accordion, violin, guitar, and evocative song-writing.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awake and Dream
3:21 $0.99
2. Let Me Sleep
5:27 $0.99
3. Just Like New York
3:27 $0.99
4. New Interrogation
2:43 $0.99
5. Pendulum
4:32 $0.99
6. Let the Music Play
3:54 $0.99
7. Leave Hollywood
4:15 $0.99
8. Small Town Drag Queen
2:43 $0.99
9. 359 AM
1:00 $0.99
10. 400 AM
5:26 $0.99
11. Half Painted Walls
3:48 $0.99
12. This Side Alone
5:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Minos the Saint is an evolving, eclectic chamber folk band from Baton Rouge, LA. The band’s unique sound is a blend of acoustic folk mixed with symphonic brass, along with accordion and funky bass also thrown in the mix. Since the band’s founding in 2013, they have performed at numerous venues and festivals across South Louisiana including French Quarter Fest, House of Blues, and their critically acclaimed performance at the Marigny Opera House. The band has shared bills with Phosphorescent, Wild Child, Brass Bed, Cardinal Sons, The Brad Walker Quintet, Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, Prom Date, England in 1819, Belle Adair, The Mercy Brothers, Rareluth, and countless others.

The band is composed of Peter Simón on vocals and guitar, Micah Blouin on percussion and vocals, Ben Herrington on accordion, keyboards, and trombone, Joel Willson on violin and mandolin and Jessica Ottaviano on trombone, and Arisia Gilmore on French horn. Their richly diverse musical backgrounds yield a sonic kaleidoscope featuring uncommon instrumentation, clever arrangements, and frequent flights of playful improvisation. The result is a fresh brand of experimental-but-accessible folk rock that uniquely represents Louisiana, yet also sounds as a collage of sounds from around the world.

Peter, vocalist and guitarist for the band, grew up singing and playing several instruments and found his creative voice during an extended stay in Spain. His calling cards are his poetic first-person lyrical style, his urgent, soulful voice, and the driving yet calculated guitar chops that power the band’s songs.
“The arrangements and progressions Simon generates contain an understated sophistication that lends itself well to his experimental folk. They are at once appealing and unique, engaging listeners with their variety.”
—Amanda Wicks, 225 Magazine

Multi-instrumentalist Ben Herrington lends fullness to the band with his energy and versatility. He uses the keyboard as both a rhythm and lead instrument, and also fills the role usually reserved for bass guitar players in more conventional rock bands. His fluency in jazz, blues, and classical enables him to echo in call and response with Simon’s robust vocals. He also adds a considerable amount of texture and cultural flair on the accordion and trombone, two defining instruments of Louisiana’s musical heritage he weaves effortlessly into the fabric of the music while simultaneously sustaining the bass line on the foot pedals.

“Watching him do his thing, you need not wonder whether he could play all three instruments simultaneously… if he only had six hands.” — Justin McGowan, 225 Magazine, on Ben Herrington

Joel Willson’s violin floats over the entire band as a lead guitarist might, descending at intervals to add flourishes of excitement, anxiety or lament. Percussionist Micah Blouin is able to put down and elaborate on any style the other members are able to throw at him, making him the glue that holds everything together. On the album and occasionally live, the band expands to a much larger line-up including multiple trombones, trumpets, and la boca.



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