When I first heard the acoustic guitar chords and subtle beat of Ianfidelity's "Dry Clay Ave.," I immediately thought of Everlast. Remember him? That connection took me straight back to middle school when people still listened to the radio and Everlast's song "What It's Like" dominated radio airwaves across nearly every station regardless of its appointed genre.
Only, Ianfidelity's song doesn't really
sound like that song.
It's much softer and meandering. It's firmly in the singer-songwriter genre, but still turns that tag on it's head with the trippy effect of samples and other instrumentation as conjured by Ianfidelity's Christopher Ian Brooker. Hailing from the Greater Atlanta area, Brooker turned Portland resident after a 2006 visit to the city. But Georgia's not forgotten, as he explained to me via the magic of the internet:
"Dry Clay Ave." was one of the weirdest songs for me to write. It literally all started from a rhythm that I made with 2 broken bamboo sticks and an ice cream scoop. I built the guitar part from there and the rest just fell right into place. The lyrics for the song came from a stream of conscious kind of thing at 2 a.m. It's mainly just a reflection of how I feel about the ways people deal with the world whether it be through a creed, interaction, or habit. So many people forget about the basics of the world when they are blinded by such things. I guess I'll let the lyrics speak for themselves.
Don't stop thinking
when your mind is complacent
Never say never when death is knocking at your door
Never ever ever sit back and ask for more
Because it's much to late to say
But not to late to talk
Much to late to pray
But never to late to walk
Down that road
The name of the song mainly stems from the last line and the image that was in my head when I wrote the lyrics. A dry, cracking layer of clay on a long Georgia road.
Brooker has another musical endeavor, a duo by the name of the Peace and the Quiet. The outfit has been known to "do some half improv looping madness," as showcased recently at the Chaos Cafe. TPATQ's next show is at Someday Lounge June 11th.
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where you can download his entire first album
The Peace and The Quiet
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