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Thought

by Voice in the Attic

"VOICE IN THE ATTIC continues to be one of the most fascinating and consistently excellent indie acts around." (Brett David Stewart, The Independent Spotlight)
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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"As the song title indicates, Thought is a little think piece. It was inspired by a wet spring in Victoria, Australia, when I travelled around in a campervan to visit the guitar company I'm affiliated with, play a couple shows and shoot material for a new music video. Maybe it was the loneliness I experienced in a country so sparsely populated or my reflecting on Australia's colonial past that triggered the writing process. In any event, it occurred to me that most cultural products don't inspire people to reflect on their lives anymore. Do the arts still affect us or have they become some sort of background noise to global consumerism? Most popular music today is devoid of meaning other than courtship display. The social movement of the 1960s and 70s proved that it can be so much more, that there can be 'poetry in music'—meaning poetry as metaphorical abstraction that helps put things in perspective. Think of PB Shelley proclaiming that 'poetry is the unacknowledged legislator of the world', which sounds rather grandiose. However, we can still see what he means: a different view or take on things can change how you perceive and thus 'constitute' the world. This is the way paradigm shifts like civil and human rights movements work, with a few strong visionaries expressing an inconvenient truth and more and more voices joining the chant until it cannot be ignored anymore." BC

Music and words written by BC Bogey. Recorded in Cologne and Los Angeles. Mixed by Craig Durrance. Mastered by Bernie Grundman.

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TunedLoud Magazine

Beautiful, melancholic and original
I don’t think Voice In The Attic gets the credit that he deserves. His sensitive and sensible lyrics hit you like Bon Iver’s does, and his guitar playing takes the John Martyn stylized picking to a whole new level. Each of his songs offers up a new adventure. There is usually a time and a place for each type of music, but Voice In The Attic’s music can be played in almost any setting because it appeals to a wide range of emotions and a refined intellect. Time and time again I have also found myself tapping my foot and bobbing my head to a song by Voice In The Attic, which means he can simply appeal to your rhythmical senses too, when you feel like taking off your thinking cap once in a while.
This time around, on his latest single “Thought”, as the title implies, you would be best advised to leave your thinking cap on. This track brings forth an abundance of emotions and thought processes as you listen to it.
You will feel the weight of the lyrics, as they descend heavily upon your conscience, with Voice In The Attic’s despairing, disconsolate and disillusioned queries on modern society – which is hardly the effect that most songs can have in less than 4 minutes.
The underlying energy in this track is contagious, and after the first time listening, you will find yourself obsessing over Voice In The Attic’s beautiful, yet melancholic and original sound.
His voice is able to carry a load of woe, as he conveys his feelings in tones and inflections that penetrate the listener. Voice In The Attic is concerned about the state and meaning of art in the era of global consumerism.
His thoughts also refer to the social singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s and 70s which proved that there can be “poetry in music”—meaning poetry as metaphorical abstraction that helps put things in perspective. “I thought there was more / I thought we were taller / I thought there was poetry in music,” he sings, continuing through the bridge: “And dance in song / And vision in thought / Vision in thought.”
Which brings us back to the central theme, and the question Voice In The Attic is asking: “Do the arts still affect us or have they become some sort of background noise to global consumerism?”
A talented musician and a strong songwriter, Voice In The Attic’s songs individually and/or in a collective sequence, create an atmosphere that is fulfilling and thought-provoking without seeming contrived or pretentious.
It’s easy to understand why he has yet to break big, his eclectic talents just don’t fall inside the defined clichéd boxes the music industry marketing machines like.
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Brett Stewart, The Independent Spotlight

Fascinating and excellent
In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we return our gaze to Voice in the Attic, the artistic moniker of B.C. Bogey, an award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Last time we checked in on Bogey, he had released ‘After Songdown’ a remarkable record I explored in great depth nearly two years ago. The songwriter is back, however, and he has a new single entitled ‘Thought.’ Does it stand tall against its remarkable predecessor? Let’s delve into it and find out!
‘Thought,’ as Voice in the Attic describes it, is “a little think piece.” Thus, it’s certainly steeped in traditional early 1970s singer songwriter introspection. This can often be treacherous territory for independent artists because they run the risk of entering the realm of cliche, but Voice in the Attic navigates away from that especially well, as he has done in the past. His performance feels intensely personal and passionate, which gives it an aura of authenticity.
The sound has a beautifully contemporary flair to it, aligning sonically with some of Voice in the Attic’s previous work. I’ve previously compared his music to Eddie Vedder’s acoustic ventures, and that parallel is still profoundly apt. ‘Thought’ is orchestrated beautifully with subtle percussion and melodic acoustic guitars, but there’s an edge lent to it by Bogey’s growly voice. In the two years since I dug into Voice in the Attic’s last record, Bogey’s voice still remains one of the most poignant and recognizable in the indie music scene.
Lyrically, the song is quite splendid, albeit embracing brevity. The song wanders in melancholy territory that alludes to Bogey losing a relationship of some sort, perhaps even one that he never expected to lose. “I thought there was more,” he croons. “I thought we were taller. I thought there was poetry in music.” In the vein of his previous work, Bogey remains as lyrically compelling as ever.
‘Thought’ doesn’t attempt to blow down any new doors or astound the listener. It’s a lovely acoustic singer songwriter ballad that aligns thematically with many of its genre counterparts. It is, however, an exceptionally well performed and produced endeavor in that arena, far exceeding the typical “singer songwriter” that comes across my desk on a near-daily basis. Voice in the Attic continues to be one of the most fascinating and consistently excellent indie acts around.
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