ARTIST / BAND: Black Tie
SONG (MP3): Wide Open
ALBUM: Goodbye, Farewell
FILE UNDER: Indie / Experimental / Ambient
INFO: After GoMotorCar disbanded in 2004, bassist Roger Apodaca decided to record some songs as a side project. Throughout much of 2004 he recorded his music on his home computer, inviting musicians to lend an ear and take a bit of direction while adding their respective personalities to the individual tracks they would lay down. What started out as a few songs soon grew into an entire album. The project was dubbed Black Tie, and the album was titled “At Dawn”. The 10 song disc features Apodaca performing much of the instrumentation but also includes performances by Ryan Martino (BellyAchers), Dagmar Andrews (GoMotorCar, Skumbaag), Eric Reynolds (Los Brownspots), Paul Newcomb (Los Brownspots), Leonard Apodaca (Scenester, GoMotorCar), Audrey Lee, and Deborah Maldonado. Each musician adds their own personal element to the already atmospheric quality of the songs and the end result is an album that is melodic, haunting, and beautiful at the same time. Fans of GoMotorCar's album True Tonight should explore Black Tie as it is a nice follow up to that landmark album.