Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Revelations featuring Tré Williams

Got an email from Giant Step about this band. Really diggin their sound. Here's a snippet from the press release for their new album, Deep Soul. Click here for the full write-up. Stay tuned for a playlist widget and a video of one of their live performances. They'll be performing in Brooklyn at BAM Cafe on February 27. They also performed yesterday, but I was at a Nas/Janelle Monae concert; unfortunately, I have no pictures of that, as my camera's battery died :(

The Revelations featuring Tré Williams represents a new dawning in soul music, one that marries the concrete jungle grit of the streets to the midnight blues of the rural South. The rawness of Stax and propulsive drive of Motown have been re-imagined for contemporary listeners needing relief from timeless problems. The songs painstakingly crafted on the Revelations’ debut project, Deep Soul, are born from the pain, frustrations and experience of struggling soul men. Certainly, to independently release a sample-free and rap-free album, sporting all live instrumentation from singer/songwriters best known for their hip hop contributions, is an unconventional move in today’s skittish music business. But it took the bold vision of hip hop producer Bob Perry (AZ, Dwele, Cormega), a crate-digging soul connoisseur with his own 15 year hip hop pedigree, to see past the project’s challenges, to claim that rare opportunity to create that special magic his idols Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin did with Ray and Aretha. Soon Perry was putting together a band of esteemed talents, and tirelessly working with Tré and Rell at Chop Shop Recording in Brooklyn NY.