Clair Reilly-Roe: A Modern Storyteller of Style, Soul and Wit

Clair Reilly-Roe: A Modern Storyteller of Style, Soul and Wit
Photo: Alex Richardson

Imagine if Ellie Goulding’s style fairy, Lily Allen’s wit guru and Joni Mitchell’s vocal coach came together to persuade the formations of a beautiful new trend of musicology. The result would be someone like the angelic singer-songwriter Clair Reilly-Roe.

As the daughter of music and peace-loving hippies, Clair grew up in Ottawa, Canada.  Her British father taught her the majesty of classical music, along with the spiritual power of Yo-Yo Ma’s cello at a young age. Inheritably, these early influences turned into a commanding musical dialectic for the young Canadian.

Meets Obsession sat down with the musician to speak about her career, inspiration and how she originally began her journey to music. “When I was 14, my brother had me sing backup vocals for his band” Clair tells Meets Obsession. “And then when I was in high school, I played in a band called the Nicotine Addicted Fish. We did Jimi Hendrix covers around town. Music was always around, but I never really thought about it, because I was the intellectual one in the family. Everyone thought I would be in finance. But here I am!”

She went on to describe the first moment when she truly discovered music. “I remember meeting this guy at a bus stop in Ottawa when I was younger and we went back to my friend Catherine’s house and we listened to AC/DC for the first time. I think it was “Back In Black.” That was the first time I really heard music in a different way. I don’t know how to describe it other than my ears completely changed. A light switch went on and I was like ‘holy shit, everything that goes on in this song is bananas’.”

Clair Reilly-Roe: A Modern Storyteller of Style, Soul and Wit
Photo: Alex Richardson

Finding inspiration in the expressive melodies of great artistic minds like Carole King, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, John Denver, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan, Clair has always felt the healing power of music along her journey.

Having moved to NYC in 2004, Clair has been busy playing local venues all around the five bustling boroughs.

In reflecting on her own creative process of writing music, Clair explains, “People’s stories inspire me. I love talking to people and hearing where they came from and what they’ve been through. It’s crazy how everyone’s been through the same kind of experiences. We’ve all had the same feelings -- it’s just been different circumstances. So, I really like taking people’s stories and turning them into songs.”

Clair tells stories of heartbreak, of food, of sex, of change, of letting go and letting be, of vibrancy, of feeling alive and in love with the world and those in it. She tells real, authentic, and uncensored stories in song that everyone can relate to and can appreciate (with a sense of humor).

But as demonstrated during her recent show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, what makes Clair truly unique, is that this modern, blonde bombshell draped in leather, tells these stories with a degree of sharply attuned wit and intellectual dexterity.

There is a certain consolation in the truthful nature of her lyrics and the clever display of ingenious in her live performance. And there is no doubt that this is just the beginning of Clair Reilly-Roe’s musical story.

Clair is also part of the positive infused hip-hop group KBC Kids. She loves making encouraging music for kids that has personality, comedic appeal and groove at the same time.

For more information on Clair, visit http://www.clairreillyroe.com/


Mixed Tape: Songs About Love

Mixed Tape Songs About Love

As the anticipated day of “love” -- or for some, misery -- quickly approaches, we've put together a musical mix that will get you in the mood for tomorrow's festivities. Whether you're single, in bliss coupledom, or just want to listen to some feel-good tunes, we've got you covered.

Check out our list, and play your favorites--we guarantee that our song picks will have you grooving along and finding solace in their enticing lyrics and melodies. No Celine Dion in sight.

“Lover of Mine” by Beach House
Beach House has the ability to transcend you to misty shores, feeling alive, in love and at peace. “Lover Of Mine” is seductive and uncomplicated and full of storytelling delight.

“Wouldn’t It be Nice” by The Beach Boys
Naïve, beautiful and full of hope, “Wouldn’t It be Nice” is more than just a love song. It’s a song for all those wanting to retain a sense of youth, in time passing and lessons learned.

“Your Song” by Elton John
Elton John can really do no wrong when expressing the most dire and humanist of emotions in wailing ballads. “Your Song” is an iconic love song, commanding in its delivery and honest in its lyrical simplicity.

I Found a Reason” by Cat Power
Haunting, powerful and beautiful. Cat Power gives an alternative ode to time, love and belief.

“Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
There is something endearing about Neil Young’s classic tune, “Harvest Moon.” With dreamy exertions of nostalgia and childhood bliss, “Harvest Moon” reminds me of a simpler time, when the moon, some music and a little serendipitous magic was all you needed to make memories to last a lifetime.

“Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers
An oldie but a goodie. Peaceful, sincere and catchy, “Unchained Melody” has become a true American anthem of love and affection.

“You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine
Florence could be singing about anything and it could sound like poetry. But this ethereal goddess gives one of the most identifiable modern love grooves of the last couple years with “You’ve Got the Love.”

“Lovesong” by The Cure
A true testament to love’s healing powers. The Cure’s “Lovesong” is timeless and prosaic.

“All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles
This might be the quintessential love song for the universe. It is a mantra of loving, not only others, but yourself, the earth, and the entirety of existence in general.

“Your Body is a Wonderland” by John Mayer
More sensual than anything, John Mayer makes the act of making love, poetic and full of wondrous mystery and discovery.

“Blood Of Eden” by Peter Gabriel
An ethereal and weaving song alluding to the beginnings of connectivity between Man and Woman. More spiritual than religious, “Blood of Eden” is a narrative full of colorful imagery and playful metaphor.

“Cause We Ended As Lovers” by Jeff Beck
One of the most powerful instrumental tracks of all time, “Cause We Ended As Lovers” takes you on a journey through the depths of human sentiment, passion and imagination in wailing melodies. No words. And no words are needed.

“Wonderwall” by Oasis
A modern take on a timeless emotion. “Wonderwall” expresses the inexpressible emotion of feeling a heightened sense of longing for someone that seems to surpass any sense of reason.


“Into The Mystic” Art Exhibit Explores the Human Subconscious

Wallace Berman's Artwork Exhibited at Michael Kohn Gallery’s “Into The Mystic” Art Show
Wallace Berman, Untitled, c. 1968,Verifax collage [divider]

Art has the power to breach the bounds of reality and to present something about the human mind that seems to tear at the very rudimentary conceptions of consciousness. And such is the case with “Into the Mystic,” an art exhibit currently housed at The Michael Kohn Gallery in West Los Angeles.

Fred Tomaselli's Artwork Exhibited at Michael Kohn Gallery’s “Into The Mystic” Art Show
Fred Tomaselli, Untitled (Entrance), c. 2012, Leaves, Acrylic And Resin On Wood Panel

“Into the Mystic,” introspectively brings its visitors on a journey into the mystical land of the human subconscious - into all the colorfulness, into all the profanity, and into all the mystery.

The exhibit features innovative art experiments from a variety of visionaries, including Ed Ruscha, David Benjamin Sherry, Bill Viola, Jack Whitten, Wallace Berman, Martin Creed, Simmons & Burke, and Mark Tansey.

Upon entering the gallery, you’re instantly greeted by Fred Tomaselli’s vibrant flirtation of acrylic and resin on a wood panel. The piece resembles a psychedelic black hole that seems to twirl internally to eternity.

Jack Whitten, Apps For Obama, C 2011, Acrylic On Hollow Core Door
Jack Whitten, Apps For Obama, c. 2011, Acrylic On Hollow Core Door

David Benjamin’s photographs of yellow and blue tinted sands and Simmons & Burke’s dreamlike blue cloud landscapes are two examples of taking precise themes inherit in nature, and twisting them through the mind’s kaleidoscope of multihued perception.

Martin Creed explores the human notion of time in his “3 classical mechanical metronomes” piece. A caption is written under the metronomes, which reads, “Three metronomes beating time, one quickly, one slowly, and one neither quickly nor slowly,” alluding to the illusion of time and its passing.

Wallace Berman’s 56 image negative verifax is, however, one of the more interesting pieces of the exhibit. Showing black and white negatives of different scenes -- some religious, cultural and simply absurd -- is both fascinating and weirdly frightening.

“Into the Mystic” is a dive into abstraction. But sometimes an artistic dive into abstraction can trigger vast amounts of truth and self-discovery.

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“Into the Mystic” will run from November 17, 2012 - January 26, 2013.

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Dave Munro of Air Traffic Controller On Immortalizing Moments Through Music

Singer Songwriter Dave Munro Of Indie Pop Group, Air Traffic Controller
Singer/Songwriter Dave Munro of indie-pop group Air Traffic Controller. Courtesy photo.

[spacer size="10"]Air traffic controllers maintain safe and systematic flows of air traffic along systems of circulation on a global scale. They’re regulators of movement, distance and security. And most importantly, they contain an enormous amount of power and influence in the palms of their hands.

So, what is the potential of inspirational command of an air traffic controller turned musician?

Meets Obsession magazine spoke with singer songwriter Dave Munro of indie-pop group, Air Traffic Controller, about the origins of his band and their methods of creativity.

Air Traffic Controller, a dynamic group from Boston, formed when lead singer, Dave Munro began writing songs while he was in the Navy, working as an air traffic controller.

Now composed of the two Munro brothers (Dave and Rich), Casey Sullivan on base and female vocals, and Steven Scott on lead guitar, Air Traffic Controller is creating music that speaks to the hearts, souls and minds of everyday people who are striving for connections through music. The band also now includes several string players, including violinist Alison Shipton, violist Kiara Ana Perico, and David Wong.

Coming from a place of solitude, insight and dissociation for Munro, he organically developed the idea behind the band as he began to write songs fluidly about everything and anything he was encountering. The Navy provided a basis of contradictory yet stirring emotions for the young musician, and therefore when he returned home, Munro and his brother, Rich Munro, built a recording studio and began composing songs. Dave Munro explained, “When I was working in the Navy as an air traffic controller, I began writing songs using a 4-track recorder.  I'd send the demos home to my family and friends and they'd pass them around.”

Dave Munroe
Dave Munro. Courtesy photo.

For Munro, while writing songs in the service, he was constantly reverting back to a hybrid of inspirations from the past. From the eclectic progressiveness of The Beatles, Bright Eyes, and Jellyfish, to a wide variety of more folk-inclined souls like Cat Stevens and Paul Simon, Munro constantly felt enthused to develop his own style, drawing from the defining life experiences and passions that seemed viable to write about and share with others.

Munro explained, “I was first inspired to write as a way for me to cope with the loneliness I felt in the military, but the more I wrote, the more I was inspired by other things. Soon every significant experience or feeling I had became a song.” He went on to say, “I usually write while I'm on the go - walking, running, driving, there's probably a mental explanation behind that, a touch of A.D.D. or something.”

A modern, musical storyteller of sorts, Munro has a genuine desire to make people feel something through his music. Munro believes that if Air Traffic Controller’s music triggers a simple physical reaction like a smile, tear, or laugh, they’re doing their jobs as musicians. These reactions are the essence of the expressive transmission between artist and audience. In this, Munro declared articulately, “We're not trying to change the world, just change, or celebrate, the way you feel at one moment.”

And maybe that’s the true beauty of music, it has the unique power to capture, define and immortalize a moment in an almost visceral way. [divider]

Air Traffic Controller - You Know Me (Live Acoustic)
Air Traffic Controller - The Work
Air Traffic Controller - Hurry Hurry


Leaning Towards Solace

Watch Elle Fanning & John Hawkes In Sigur Rós’ Commissioned Short Film “Leaning Towards Solace”

Leaning Towards Solace

Sigur Rós comes from a land of picturesque mystery, where extremes of nature are both prominent and prevailing. In their native Icelandic tongue, they urge for a dire return to the most essential of human feelings. You might not be able to understand their language, but you can understand their essence clearer than any western tongue.

In the experimental film, “Leaning Towards Solace,” set to Sigur Rós’ new songs “Dauðalogn” and “Varúð,” Elle Fanning seems to awaken into a fantasized dream along a deserted road.

As a true tiny dancer, Fanning wears a bent tiara matted in her golden locks and angel wings made of broken dreams and broken promises. She weaves in and out of slummed streets with Sigur Rós’ whimsical melodies complementing every shift in sunlit movement.

Tainted and lost, Fanning resembles some half punk-rock pixie/half fairy princess with blazing hints of hurt and despair in her eyes. Meanwhile, John Hawkes, who seems to play Fanning’s father in the film, gives an equally powerful performance scattered with existential declarations like, “love everything” and “if only I could move in and out of nonexistence…to a space between places...space.”

Leaning Towards Solace

The film is heartbreaking, aching and utterly beautiful, like some interpretative dance, visualized and set to music. And in the end, it emphasizes the concept that this life might be nothing but an illusion, brilliantly and imaginatively created and recreated by the influence of our minds upon our emotions.

“Leaning Towards Solace” is part of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which they’ve urged different artists to create short films inspired by songs off their new album Valtari.

“Leaning Towards Solace” was made by Black Dog Films and was directed by Floria Sigismondi.


Meets Obsession’s Guide to Green Giving for the Holidays

As the world’s climate is just getting wackier and wackier, and we feel as if we’re defenseless against Mother Nature’s superimposing forces, there is still hope!

This holiday season, instead of hitting up the mall and spending money on big department store buys, why not give a green gift that’s good for the Earth and therefore good for you.

These days, everybody’s becoming more environmentally-conscious. Perhaps it’s because we’re waking up to the insurgency of our impending environmental situation, or maybe because it’s becoming “cool” to go green.  Either way, this holiday season is the time to give an environmentally conscious gift to those we love and cherish.

So, here is our Guide to Green Giving for this Holiday Season:

Plant Trees 4 Life

Plant Trees 4 Life, based in Aspen, Colorado, provides a green gift alternative for this holiday season. Plant Trees 4 Life’s vision is to plant trees to support the livelihood of future generations. Their goal is to offset the environmental impact of human activities that cause phenomena like clear cutting, forest fires and insect deforestation.

By planting a tree in honor, celebration or gratitude, you are truly giving the greatest gift for the planet.

In addition, Plant Trees 4 Life offers live 10’ spruce sampling tree gifts as well. They’re $18.99 and each tree comes attractively gift wrapped in an eco-friendly package with a personalized message card, planting instructions and your choice of colored tissue paper and satin ribbon.

Plant Trees 4 Life is a great gift for the ones you love…and the planet that desperately needs our love, today more than ever. [divider]

Buddha Board

For those with an artistic inclination, Buddha Board could be the perfect gift. Buddha Board’s philosophy is based on the Zen notion of “living in the moment.” The fleeting or momentary essence of life is recognized and embraced by Buddhists’ in all facets of existence.

The Buddha Board allows individuals to draw in water on top a magic surface, making your own creative designs come to life instantly. Then, as the water starts to evaporate your artwork disappears into thin air, allowing the next artistic venture to begin. It is a perfect example of the innovation of sustainable design. The Buddha Board is completely environmentally friendly in usability and production. There are no harsh chemicals and there is no mess involved. And at the end of your Buddha Board’s lifetime, you can recycle it. [divider]

Recycled Antique Glass and Bottle Jewelry

Artist Laura Bergman has created unique pieces of jewelry by re-inventing recycled pieces of glass and old bottles.

Bergman’s beautiful multi-colored pieces are all made from 100% reclaimed antique glass that she found in bottle dumps around the country. One of the most distinctive parts of the gift, however, is that Bergman researches the history and origin of each piece of antique glass so that the recipient receives a glimpse into the history of what they’re wearing. [divider]

Plant-Me-Pets

Plant-Me-Pets are the perfect gift for children as well as individuals who want to start or expand on their gardens in a one of a kind way. Plant-Me-Pets are small little creatures, that when planted, turn into melons, tomatoes and pumpkins! They’re made of a decomposable, biodegradable natural latex rubber, which makes them an eco-friendly and resourceful gift idea for the whole family. [divider]

Furoshiki Gives the Gift of Reusable Fabric Gift Wrapping

One of the most environmentally hazardous parts of holidays is the amount of wrapping paper that gets thrown away. Well, the ancient Japanese custom of Furoshiki has a cost-effective and fashionable alternative to this wasteful practice: reusable fabric wrapping paper.

This interesting tradition has also been used in other countries for centuries including Korea, India, Peru, Iran and Afghanistan. And we believe it’s time to turn this practice into an American tradition! These cloth-wrapping papers can be used over and over again, giving gifts a special and stylish flare to them.


FILM: An Imaginative Tale of the Complexities of Faith and the Beauty of Adventure in “Life of Pi”

FILM: An Imaginative Tale of the Complexities of Faith and the Beauty of Adventure in “Life of Pi”

FILM: An Imaginative Tale of the Complexities of Faith and the Beauty of Adventure in “Life of Pi”

With magical undertones and a splendid heart reminiscent of Tim Burton’s "Big Fish" or Robert Zemeckis’ "Cast Away," Ang Lee’s "Life of Pi" takes you on a metaphysical voyage.

The film, adapted from the surrealist novel by Yann Martel, begins with Pi Patel as an adult, who tells the story of his youth to a writer. The writer comes to Pi because he’s heard that his tale will "make him believe in God."

As an adolescent in India, Pi — portrayed by Suraj Sharma — coins himself Pi, after the irrational number in mathematics that mystically continues infinitely without repeating. Even in childhood, Pi is a little boy full of intrigue, progressiveness and audacity. Pi finds himself fascinated by the life of Christ, despite his Hindu upbringings, and consequently begins to live his life under a religious creed; rather, a spiritual hybridism of his own. From the beginning, Pi sets himself out to find the philosophical meaning of all and connect with the souls of both humans and animals.

When Pi suffers the loss of his entire family and band of zoo animals in a shipwreck on his way to Canada, he begins to dive into a land of dire fantasy and magnificent tribulation. Pi struggles everyday for survival against himself, Richard Parker -- his Bengal tiger companion -- and the forces of nature or God that seem to test him to the breaches of his existence, sanity, and livelihood. Pi learns to embrace the radiant lights of the universe, understand the obscure hierarchy of the animal kingdom and experience true testaments of faith in the deep seas below full of strange creatures and mesmerizing colors. Richard Parker becomes Pi’s only cohort, a reflection of himself, and a reflection of all he has lost and has yet to learn from such loss.

In one of the most powerful scenes of the film, Pi finds himself washed up on the shore of an unchartered carnivorous island full of millions of mischievous meerkats. The island seems to engulf all that is living into a blue glowing aura come nightfall. In scenes like this, the cinematography is unrivaled, making you feel as if you’re exploring the depths of some super-hyper-visual dimension of reality. It's one of the many magnificent scenes that make “Life of Pi” an imaginative tale of the complexities of faith, the ambiguities of meaning, and the beauty of adventure.

Though, in the end, the film has you questioning the very nature of reality; subtly proving that reality is relative. For just as in religion, every story may be told through different perspectives, using different characters. The only true reality, however, is that we’re all human and free to believe.

Overall Grade: A-

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"Life of Pi" is now playing in theaters everywhere, click here for theaters and showtimes


New York City Writes Itself in Inspiring

New York City Writes Itself in Inspiring "8 Million Protagonists" Off-Broadway Play

New York City Writes Itself in Inspiring "8 Million Protagonists" Off-Broadway Play
Photo: Simon Harsent

A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon an off-Broadway play that seemed to do way more than just entertain, but rather touched my heart in a very special way.

The new off-Broadway play, “8 Million Protagonists,” written by budding playwright Caitlin Gallo and directed by Stephen Bishop Seely, gives the people of New York City a voice by depicting the soul and strength of the Big Apple through music, dance and written word.

On a daily basis, 8 million individuals are interacting and interweaving in a city full of bright and pulsating spirit. For months, individuals from all over the bustling Burroughs were urged to share their inspiring  and fascinating stories on a digital platform called New York Writes Itself.

Stories submitted would later get chosen to be represented as short vignettes within the play.

Gallo spoke to Meets Obsession magazine about the process of picking the submissions from the website, “The thought of adding seemingly random lines from the website and somehow finding a way to tie them together in a play was frankly terrifying.”

She went on say, “It was a lot of trial and error. Definitely a learning experience. One I’m very grateful to have been given.”

From chance encounters on an underground subway platform, to fleeting yet eternal loves in the East Village, to magical musical moments on the Williamsburg Bridge,“8 Million Protagonists” captures it all in an honest and heartfelt way.

New York City Writes Itself in Inspiring "8 Million Protagonists" Off-Broadway Play
Photo: Simon Harsent

In a strange land of drifting transplants and transitory dreamers, everyone has a story to tell. And “8 Million Protagonists” tells these stories.

From the everyday moments that begin to define and defy us as human beings to the instances that seem at first glance to lack any true meaning at all, “8 Million Protagonists” portrays it all to give an overwhelming raw montage of emotion and pure passion.

From the stereotypes that bind us, to the sanctified city lights that seem, at times, to blind us, “8 Million Protagonists” takes you on a journey and is a striking piece of theatrical accomplishment in soul, substance and structure.

Moreover, the charm of the play is solidified by its showcase of music from a variety of talented local musicians. Sophie Zamchick, a young musician discovered on Youtube by choreographer Jimmy Burgio, provided one of the most notable moments of the play with her song “Four Thousand Birds.”

The track lends itself to a powerful scene in which a man seems to act as a composer to a symphony of lights, cars and people in the middle of a dark bridge.

Similarly, singer/songwriter Dara Hartman’s song “Without a Sound” proved itself another highlight of the evening. Gallo stressed the importance of the musical aspect of the play, saying, “Ultimately, I think we ended up with a great soundtrack. Not to mention, the local musicians contributing to the show really added to the originality of the project."

[quote style="3"]Through its entirety, “8 Million Protagonists” not only shows you New York City, but rather makes you feel New York City. [/quote]

The New York City that defies all barriers of acceptability. The New York City that makes you abandon all preconceived notions of normalcy. The New York City that is beautiful, ugly, explicit, full of chance, smell, sound, transit, food, people, dirt, scum, lights, streets, shadows and everything in between.

“8 Million Protagonists” takes you on a journey through the underground and above the ground and all that is in between… and unseen---leaving you inspired and in awe of the randomness and mystery that is New York City.

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“8 Million Protagonists” is running from 11/8 through 11/17 at the 9th Space Theatre in Downtown Manhattan and proceeds will go to the recovery of victims affected by Hurricane Sandy. For more information visit microapp.villagevoice.com/8mp


Holychild: A Dynamic Duo of Drumming and Dreamlike Melodies


Courtesy Photo: Bret Leinen

“In many ways, the job of a musician is not too different than everyone else's job. It is a constant juggling act. You are balancing musicianship (or your technical facility), with what is relevant in today's world (socially, politically, economically, etc), and offering your comment(s) on such; all while retaining an entertaining shtick that leaves your audience wanting more so you can continue creating and sustaining your livelihood.”


- Louie Diller of holychild [divider]

Some head west to lose themselves while others head west to find themselves. But whether you’re running towards or away from something, or maybe a little of both, an artistic venture west can bring more than just a change of scenery.

Liz Nistico and Louie Diller, two young budding musicians, just journeyed to Los Angeles cross-country from Washington D.C. to introduce their musical project holychild to the blinding city of lights and opportunity.

Holychild began as a senior thesis assignment for Diller in 2011, and in the past year, has turned into a masterpiece of artistic outlay.

Diller has had quite the musical past, already having toured with the Bay area indie-rock pop sensation Dizzy Balloon. He has also played keyboard in an experimental project called Man in Space and drums in an alternative reggae funk group called Lucky Dub.

Finding influence in the diverse sounds of Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, St. Vincent and Michael Jackson, and having majored in International Affairs and Jazz Studies in school, Diller has adapted an international and historical perspective to his songwriting and his overall approach to life.

Holychild: A Dynamic Duo of Drumming and Dreamlike MelodiesSimilarly, Nistico has dappled in almost every form of artistic expression from a young age including dance, theatre, fashion, creative writing and turning everything she sees, experiences, and believes into art. She describes this as having an “urge to create, whether it be as a way to understand something I’m experiencing or as a mode to bridge myself with others.”

Finding truth in all honest forms of art, Nistico is a true enthusiast of soaking in all that comes to her. Embracing the incongruities of experience, growing up, and feeling those emotions oftentimes difficult to express in one stationary fashion, Nistico believes that “art has the power to create change socially, politically, and hopefully individually.” This divergence of perspectives and creative skills by the two has already proved to contain glimpses of something special in the release of their debut music video “Watching Waiting.”

“Watching Waiting” exudes sultry sophistication with a tad of dark sanctification thrown in.

Based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, their Tender is The Night music video has “flares of insanity, or glimpses of one's emotional walls crumbling down,” explains Diller. “In the end, [our] vision for the video was to offer a commentary on the domestic wife, or the docile and complacent woman figure, which persists to this day as an expectation of women in far too many niches of Western culture and thought.”

Liz went on to explain, “Essentially it’s about fearing love. About when things are going so well and are so nice that they’re unbelievable, causing doubt that is fabricated. It’s about the mind games that we play on ourselves when we don’t understand the truth of a situation.”

Through the song, Nistico’s voice is fiery and expressive. Reminiscent of Metric’s Emily Haines, Nistico’s demeanor and sexualized yet vintage style in “Watching Waiting” emanates unrefined passion and tumultuousness. Consequently, Diller’s drumming infuses a crazed musical heartbeat into the track that contributes to the video’s air of mystery and beautiful tension.

With such a strong start, the rest of the holychild’s unveiling album is sure to encompass the same amount of heart, soul, and catalogue of influence. Keep an eye out for this dynamic duo of drumming and dreamlike melodies in the months to come…

Holychild plans to release one song a month from their EP Tribes until it is released in its entirety in January 2013. For more information visit http://holychildmusic.com/.

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Courtesy Photos: Bret Leinen

Album In Review: Ellie Goulding Halcyon

MUSIC: Ellie Goulding Offers a Glimpse of Beautifully Poetic Simplicity Glittered With Effervescent Beats in “Halcyon”

Album In Review: Ellie Goulding Halcyon

UK's songstress Ellie Goulding has grown leaps and bounds since the 2010 release of her debut studio album "Lights," which featured songs “Lights” and “Under the Sheets,” both proving to be worldwide hits.

Her musical maturity was apparent during her show last week at the Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan. The blonde rocker jetted herself fearlessly into the crowd at the end of her two-hour set to surf across the hands of a club packed full of Goulding-devotees. I’ve rarely seen someone look so alive and connected as she did as she introduced her new album "Halcyon" to New York City.

On her latest album, Goulding offers a glimpse of beautifully poetic simplicity glittered with effervescent beats.

Radio-favorites like “Anything Could Happen,” “High For This” and “Hanging On,” energize the album while providing a backbone to "Halcyon."

On the other hand, “Explosions” and “I Know You Care” -- songs about feeling hope after suffering a complete loss of love and faith -- prove that Goulding has a refreshing sense of symbolic sophistication and accessibility.

Another highlight, “Dead in the Water” is a melodic tune of delicate honesty and raw emotion. In spite of this, the standout track is the eerily enticing electro-ballad “Figure 8.”

In numerology, 8 can symbolize both building and destruction -- and isn't this the most complex attribute of the ever-shifting yet ever-subsisting universe?  Goulding's "Figure 8" has this same paradoxical synergy in its escalating beats.

In both sound and lyrical intensity, "Figure 8" plays off the concept of dissolving connectivity with lines like, “I chased your love around a figure 8/
I need you more than I can take/You promised forever and a day/And then you take it all away.”

The lucidness of Goulding's voice is both creepy and alluring as she utters the fabled words "still not too old to die young" in a hushed breath full of seduction and passionate vividness.

All in all, Goulding’s "Halcyon" gives reference to many of the contrasting elements of the natural world: blood, water, and sun…to create an auditory manifestation of something resembling infinity.


Global Citizen Festival in Central Park: Proving that Music Can Instigate Real Worldwide Change and Keep Us Rockin in the Free World


Photo: Megan Friend

Amongst all the fleeting chaos, echoes of war, and dissociated divergence of today’s world, there’s one thing that keeps me hopeful: music.

This past weekend’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park urged people from all over the East Coast to reflect upon the current state of our society through music. The benefit show drew more than 60,000 people into the mystical Great Lawn of Central Park for a musical experience that can only be described as beautifully insurgent.

The festival was proposed with the intention of recognizing the progress made in combating global poverty and agreeing upon the fact that all children should have the right to live and thrive. Free tickets were awarded to individuals who took the time to share their ideas through social media on the current state of global poverty and how to address this very real and human crisis.

Travis Lyon, a guitarist who traveled from D.C. specifically for the show talked to Meets Obsession about the show, explaining, “It was a glorious marriage of music and message…an incredible demonstration of the new age of social media and its ability to mobilize people in ways that were never before possible.”

Although it would be farfetched to compare the event to that of a modern-day Woodstock, the same sense of peaceful advocacy was exhibited on Saturday. Neal Zamil, a resident of the Central Park area and avid lover of rock, described the collaboration of social, political, and musical efforts as “magical…bringing out the best of New York City.”

The event featured performances by K’Naan, the Black Keys, John Legend, Band of Horses, the Foo Fighters, and the legendary Neil Young.

Throughout the entire festival, there was an air of unprecedented unity and joy that lit up Central Park. The park vibrated with the resonances of songs skilled to set the spirit and air of a social uprising alive.

Songs of change, like the Foo Fighters’ revolutionary anthem “Times like These” and the Black Keys’ rousing track “Strange Times,” were heard reverberating throughout the expansive winding trees as twilight fell upon Central Park.

Other highlights of the day included a guest performance by John Legend and a rockin’ rendition of Neil Young’s classic, “Keep on Rockin in the Free World,”  which was made even more classic by Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach on guest guitars and vocals.

The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park left everyone in attendance, along with those scattered around the outskirts of the park, in unified consensus, feeling alive, connected, and enthused to work together towards fighting those deemed hypocrisies of modernity that effect every single one of us.

And there’s nothing quite like feeling the true power of music under a picturesque Harvest Moon with 60,000 other equally inspired people.


Jacob Lily Redefines Transformative Style with Vintage-Inspired Shoe-Clips

Jacob Lily Redefines Transformative Style with Vintage-Inspired Shoe-Clips

Jacob Lily Redefines Transformative Style with Vintage-Inspired Shoe-Clips

New York fashion designer Vivian Wu has recently developed a distinct vintage-inspired sense of style through her shoe clip company, Jacob Lily.

In an attempt to create a fashion staple-all her own, Wu began buying shoe-clips as a sort of hobby. With an acute admiration for the feminine and elegant designs of fashion icons like Valentino, Marchesa, and Temperley London, Wu then started buying trinkets at flea markets and vintage stores and turning her shoes into eclectic pieces of art.

She explained the inspiration behind shoe clips to Meets Obsession Magazine, “Shoe clips are great as they really dress up your shoes and help complete a look. Also, shoe clips are affordable and they can be used on different types of shoes (flats, sandals and heels) to create many different looks.”

Shoe clips are the perfect cost-effective alternative to seeking innovative ways to dress up your shoes, no matter your style. By adding brooches, pearls, rhinestones or enamels, you can either dress your shoes up or down.

Wu describes the importance of personal expression, “My best friend and I have very similar taste, but even if we end up buying the same dress, it looks very different on us, as we accessorize each outfit with our own personal touch. Fashion is definitely a way for me and many girls to express ourselves and make a statement.”

Vivian Wu is also donating $1 dollar for every pair of shoe clips purchased through the Jacob Lily website to the women advocacy organization, Women for Women International (WFWI). So visit http://jacob-lily.com/about and do your part in shopping for a good cause!


LISTEN: KITTEN — “Sugar”

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17-year-old powerhouse Chloe Chaidez of alternative rock group Kitten continues to grow in vocal and lyrical maturity every time she releases a new song.

Chaidez’ seductive sophistication and overall creative attentiveness have combined to create an avant-garde anthem of hope, ethereal angst and fleeting infatuation.

Channeling the haunting post-rock allure of Siouxsie and the Banshees with the energy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sugar” gives off a chilling and downright supernatural feel at times.

Chaidez, in her new August 28 released EP “Cut It Out,” shows that she’s beginning to develop into a powerful force in the music world…a force you’re going to want to keep your eye on in the years to come.


Embracing “Fate” and All the Other Incongruities of the Universe with Singer-Songwriter Aaron David Gleason

Embracing “Fate” and All the Other Incongruities of the Universe with Singer-Songwriter Aaron David Gleason

Embracing “Fate” and All the Other Incongruities of the Universe with Singer-Songwriter Aaron David Gleason

Some might think everything is determined, from the alignments of the planets, to the decisions that define and defy us as human beings.The notion of choice can liberate us and at the same time bind us into endless circles of self-doubt and deception.

But the key to moving forward, so thinks singer-songwriter and composer Aaron David Gleason, is not just accepting but vigorously embracing fate.

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 "Fate" by Aaron David Gleason

Drawing influence from legendary rockers like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Gleason sings from an honest place of melancholy, perspective and creative expression.

Growing up in Hollywood, California, Gleason was born into an all-star family of artists. With celebrated Tony Award-winning actress Johanna Gleason as his mother and game show host of Let’s Make a Deal, Monty Hall as his grandfather, Gleason described his primary interest in music to Meets Obsession Magazine as “joining in on the fun.”

Now residing in the vibrant Brooklyn borough of Greenpoint, this acoustic strummer/ modern piano man gives a heartfelt reflection on the humanistic conceptions of trust, truth, love and change in his song “Fate.”

“I believe in fate,” he explained, “although sometimes I wish I didn’t.”

With the crude honesty of Jeff Buckley and the creative composition of Billy Joel, Gleason is a talented musician, giving every ounce of what he’s learned and experienced into his music.


VIDEO: A Visual Cohesion of Humanity and Musing Melodies in The Joy Formidable’s “Wolf’s Law”

VIDEO: A Visual Cohesion of Humanity and Musing Melodies in The Joy Formidable’s “Wolf’s Law”

VIDEO: A Visual Cohesion of Humanity and Musing Melodies in The Joy Formidable’s “Wolf’s Law”

Wolff’s Law states that the body, in particular bones, can adapt and transform over time when subjected to a state of distress. Turning a theory into art, even if you’re playing on words, isn’t just visionary but requires a certain dimension of genius.

The trio of futurists that make up the alterative band from North Wales, The Joy Formidable, have broken new creative ground with a video that captures the diverse majesty and miraculous nature of the Universe.

Reminiscent of Godfrey Reggio’s 1988 time-lapsed film classic, “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance,” The Joy Formidable’s black and white video for their new track, “Wolf’s Law” makes the viewer feel as if they’re being transported through the depths of everything that makes us connected and in awe of that which is not.

Cohesive yet mysterious elements, such as birth, mineral, cityscapes, vegetable, owl, fire, DNA, lightning, sand, dust, ocean and death are seen alongside a soundtrack of ethereal chants and rising roars of mounting liveliness.

The apex of the song, which is comparable to the symphonic climax of “November Rain,” elevates like an auditory explosion of all the physical and emotional energy of existence.

The Joy Formidable is up to something both whimsical and culturally urgent with their anticipated sophomore album, and it appears that life (at least in the imaginative eyes of the Joy Formidable) is in perfect balance.
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