Billy R. Preston
Billy R. Preston
- Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter - memoryfield
The band memoryfield, born and risen from the ashes of dizzybloom, continues on as the musical duo consisting of guitarist Billy R. Preston and keyboardist Juliet Gamero. This veteran songwriting team (working together since 1993) forges ahead once again to create a genre-bending sound all their own. Blending everything from classic and progressive rock of the 1970's to just straight-ahead and actual classical music and World music with early 80's electro-dance beats, they manage to defy all methods and attempts to classify their intelligent and eclectic sound. Nothing is off limits when it comes to instrumentation. From their use of traditional instruments such as 12-string acoustic guitars and Hammond B3 organ all the way to Indian tabla drums, Sitar and the Theremin, they write and record exactly what they want and pay no heed at all to those who would tell them to become more genre-specific and write more commercially-minded tunes. Think Rush meets The Smiths, Led Zeppelin meets The Sundays and The Who meets Mozart and you might begin to be able to wrap your head around where they're coming from. May of 2014 marked a new beginning for the remaining original members of the band formerly known as dizzybloom. No longer wanting to be bound to anything that came before Billy and Juliet decided to forge ahead as a brand new musical entity. After careful deliberation they decided on the name memoryfield and are planning to continue writing and recording music as a core duo with the help of a very select group of musical collaborators. In that sense, nothing much has really changed other than the name of the group. The music will emerge over time and the direction(s) remain to be seen. Never having been known to write strictly for radio formats or current popular trends, memoryfield will continue this philosophy of "whatever happens, happens". Anything from straight-up rock, to jazz influences can be expected along with classical, flamenco, even exotic/world music might creep in there in the form of Indian tabla drums and the sitar. If something is written and it is deemed worthy of recording then it will be recorded. Whatever happens, happens. No limits. No genre. The slate has been wiped clean and the musical palette is now completely wide open. The band grew weary of the constant revolving door of musicians who would come and go for pay, some caring very little for the final outcome or even the sound of their recorded studio performances. Billy and Juliet have also reluctantly decided to even handle ALL vocal performances from this point forward and will no longer hire other vocalists to sing or attempt to interpret their esoteric and often very introverted, even dark lyrics. Neither of these musicians consider themselves to be naturally gifted vocalists and both have resisted this idea ever since their early beginnings in Austin, Texas. They were always more comfortable handing vocal duties off to someone else more willing and talented in that department and were more than happy to just hang in the back playing guitar(s) and keyboards. But no more. Now, for better or for worse, they will now sing their own songs on record. Results may vary but for certain they plan to own everything they record and release. "Owning" it in the sense that they are no longer concerned with trying to impress everyone who hears them. They will give their best and then present their best to any and to all who care to listen. Some will love what they hear while others will simply ignore it. And so what? This is about the music and nothing more. It's not a talent competition and it's not a fashion show or a beauty contest. It's about honesty and about just the basic instincts and desires of two artists who simply love to create music.
Love the opening drums, man. Nice, big, fat, and sassy! Sounds like they're actually acoustic drums, too! Oh, man... Vocal entrance at :40 is beautiful... Just what I was hoping for, to be honest. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the organ / keys sound yet or not, but so far, the soundscape sounds very interesting... ...and that vocalist! Rich, and full. Perfect intonation, and ..... now we're into the chorus. Nice harmonies. Nothing too much, but just enough. As far as the mix goes, I'm hearing a slight buildup in the low-mids that could be carved out in the mix to help bring the rest of the mix out a bit. At 2:30, I'm just about ready to turn down my speakers because those frequencies are hurting my ears... Everything else sounds awesome. Yup... One of the high points of this song is the vocalist. Her voice is so rich, and full... and a bit of sultry in there, too. Solo now at 3:30... Probably could be brought up a bit in the mix, but the tones are wonderful. I want to hear that solo just a bit louder. It should be about the same level as the vocals. In the outro now.. Good stuff, man. One note.. and this is neither good nor bad, but after having listened to the song, I have no idea what it's about. I know I loved the voice, and the drums, and I'd probably be interested in sharing this with a few of my friends. If possible, get it re-mixed, to tame those low-mids a bit, and it'd be stellar. If you'd like, I know www.artcitysound.com would be happy to help with a quick re-mix. Thanks for sharing, Dizzybloom!
"Can't Get To You" -- a pretty straightforward mid-tempo rocker with hints of The Cure in the arrangement and almost Shins-like melodic elements. Guitar-driven song with writer Billy Preston taking the lead vocal reins. I'm a big fan of the mid-tempo rocker. Seriously. Between headbanging and slow-grooving, getting pumped up or drowning in ones sorrows, the mid-tempo rocker provides a musical solace...a place where the listener can simple bob their head in tempo, enjoy a pleasant melody, and allow the lyrics to bring along some food for thought.
Musically well composed and arranged. Nice work on guitar and bass. Vocals blend well together. Drums do a good job of adding variety to the rock groove. Would need to hear more from the artist to have a better idea of the working dynamic of the band and where this song stands compared to the greater songbook.
This is a good adult pop rock song. The band is solid and the lyrics are solid. It does sound a little dated. The song would definitely appeal to an older audience. I would love to play it on the station.
That was great! This reminds me of the Shaft theme song. I love the throwback vibe. I'm a trumpet player so I very much appreciate the trumpet front and center. What a beautiful looking horn too! The trumpet parts are solid. Great harmonic choices. The lead trumpet line is stuck in my head now. Awesome. I like how organic and live-sounding the mix is. However, for a studio recording it's a bit loose rhythmically. I would have tightened all the rhythm instruments: guitar, bass and drums. The rhythm section needs to vibe more. It's not super locked in. The movie clips were a nice addition - especially in the concert band room. The way the video is edited is cool and artistic, however I would have preferred to see the band members in clothing that fit the vibe a little better. Don't love the band Ts. It would have been cooler with dark suits. The band attire feels very out of place. I like that you didn't show the band members' faces. I would have covered up the LED screen and all the nobs on the keyboard with a black fabric and just had the hands showing. It's not super sexy as is. Would have been cool to have the band visuals more cohesive. The colors are all over the place. Check out Fitz and The Tantrums MoneyGrabber to see what I mean. They worked with exclusively reds, blues, blacks and whites. That could have been very effective here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6cBKE3WzQ The weakest element in the mix is the guitar. The picking part at the beginning isn't locked in rhythmically. I would have overdubbed the guitar until it was super solid - or tightened it in Pro Tools. It noticeably sticks out. Specifically at 0:29 and the strumming is a bit sloppy. I don't love the guitar tones either. Quite thin. I would have reamped them and worked with different sounds. And possibly overdubbed additional guitar parts to flush out the mix a bit more. But that's a personal taste. Overall very cool song. Love the sound. Keep sending me new music. Interested to hear more.
A good horn section can make or break a song and in this track it is a welcome addition! They add a classic and grand feel to the rhythm of the entire song. However, after the second minute or so, it started feeling slightly repetitive and I got lost for a brief moment.
Cool. "What's old is new again" sound and look. Well done. Really appreciate the New World Order and The Smiths T-shirts. Nice touch. The video is effective with the piece (hesitate to call it a song). While it can stand alone with me, not sure how broad the appeal is. I hope it more than I think it might be (for your sake and mine!). The video left me wanting to see your faces. Maybe some day. Anyway, keep developing your music. Seems like you have a great vibe and I look forward to hearing more.
Nice sound, and a cool little video that does a good job of being interesting and capturing a bit of performance. I do find it socially difficult to find out more. You've grabbed my attention, I navigate to YouTube for more and the channel I find is confusing. (Wolf River Music? Dizzybloom?) The video description doesn't give anything away either, no social links no further place to connect. So, as a punter I am about to bounce... as you've not made it easy for me to keep going. You want fans to have a logical journey where they can find out more. A "call to action" as it were, that encourages me to take the next step to finding out about you. At present, this video/track exists in its own little world with no further action for me to take. My 2p anyhow!
Excellent cover! Really dig the emphasis on the piano. As soon as the song started playing I was filled with nostalgic feelings. I appreciate the presence of the vocals and how all the elements sit tightly but cohesively in the mix. The 3-part harmonies really helped add a galactic texture to the track. This is great example of what cover tunes should be like. The essence of Bowie's original recording is maintained while adding refreshing and stylistically pleasing variations. Two thumbs up.
Very nice cover version of a song I truly love although it has quite a different sound. The acoustic piano makes it a very pretty piece. Vocal harmonies fill out the sound nicely. Great listen
I like that it sounds like real space transmissions in the beginning, that's a nice touch. But overall there's not much about this Bowie cover that makes me feel like Memoryfield has made something unique with this (added your own flavor). Now if you're just going for straightforward cover band, A+. On the other side, I'd love to hear an original with this voice; quite soothing.
I love the vocals and the harmonies, and the way the energy in the song steps up and builds. I love how it stays true to the David Bowie rendition, but has its own less produced sound (I might prefer it even). Don’t love the beginning, but love everything else about it. Will play it on a future Aspenbeat ‘Cover’s radio show, please send the mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
A rich, lushly produced take on Bowie's classic. The production is beautiful and broad-sounding with a stark, effect-less lead vocal highlighted by a precise accompanying harmony. Orchestral cymbal crashes blend with space-module-microphone voices and re-create a song we all know and love. As the song builds, the "power solo" goes to the piano, retaining the laid-back spacey feel from start to finish. There isn't a great deal of interpretive creativity to Memoryfield's "Space Oddity," which isn't a bad thing. No one's looking for a reggae-meets-dubstep remix. A safe and beautiful-sounding redux.