DreamCypher

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'Dreamcypher' is a deeply personal track, inspired by a re-occurring dream in 2002. The first version, once signed to Metalheadz, was an amen smasher. This version, 15 years more-mature, is a percussion-driven halftime affair. The track borrows elements from a variety of sound sources including Javanese Gamelan, Kashmiri vocals, Afro-Cuban percussion and a dash of sitar. Heavy 808 subs form the building blocks for a rhythm that’s both unique and infectious. (See below for John's story on the track.)


John Rolodex on the story behind the track 'DreamCypher':

"In the summer of 2002 I was broke, but I was making music full time for the first time. I had lost my paternal grandmother and both maternal great grandmothers over the previous couple years. All three of whom I had known very well. But I would occasionally feel their presence in dreams. I'm not really spiritual, but the feeling was very real waking from these dreams. By August the dreams had become particularly vivid and one dream in particular would reoccur many times.

"I dreamt I was in ancient Mesopotamia, at the origin of mankind. The air was warm with a slight breeze and the air tasted like iron. The soil beneath my feet was warm too... rich... fertile. The water lapped at the soil and I could dip my toes in and feel that it was warm too. And the spirits of my grandmothers stayed by my side me as I moved through this place. Everything was brown and rich.

"This was one of those dreams that felt so real you'd wake not knowing where you were. It inspired me. I set out collecting sounds that would elicit that experience., purely on intuition. I put together the first version of that track and called it 'Visions of the Lost Continent' from the experience I had in the dream. It was an amen & reese tear-out (which was my default sound in those days) with 'world music' samples, bells, sitars and the vocal hook that still remains. It was signed for release on Metalheadz but got lost in the shuffle.

"A few years passed and a good friend, Sureshock, reminded me that I had to do something with the tune. The 2004 version emerged. Then a 2006 version. A 2011 version. Then last year I started working on it again, almost fifteen years after I began. I've had a few offers from other labels to release it but the track is too personal. So here it is, many years later and more personal to me than anything else I've made... DreamCypher."

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from DreamCypher EP, released January 15, 2018

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