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Ross Jennings: With plenty of Easter eggs to uncover….

Ross Jennings – The Feelings

As lead vocalist and co-songwriter of successful modern progressive metal band Haken, Roos Jennings has been involved in some of the biggest releases in the prog metal world over the past decade.  Now, Ross Jennings has written, recorded, and self-produced his debut solo effort titled A Shadow Of My Future which is set to be released on November 19th, 2021 via Graphite Records.

Today, Ross Jennings is pleased to share the new animated video for the track Feelings, created by Crystal Spotlight, which you can see here:

«Given the circumstances of being locked down in 2020, I decided very early on that the best way to go for the ‘Feelings’ promo video would be some form of animated presentation. Originally planned to be the lead single, the video game concept started off as a work-around to the limitations of lockdown, but the scope and ambition for the project evolved and escalated exponentially over the course of production. Crystal Spotlight have created some incredible work for Haken in the past and our fantastic working relationship is such that I’m always trying to challenge them with my video concepts, but I think this time I took the biscuit!».

«Essentially, what Miles Skarin and his team have created is a fully functional platform RPG, which involved weeks and weeks of scene building and some motion capture sessions, which they have integrated into a music video format along with some live scenes filmed earlier this year.

The visuals in the film play homage to various iconic video games from my youth, with the RJ avatar navigating his way through the levels. There are plenty of Easter eggs to uncover and the results are really quite mind-blowing!!!».

«In terms of the music itself, Feelings panders to the sort of arena rock ear candy you would possibly expect from Styx, Kiss, Whitesnake or Journey. This is a crucial element to my solo work actually, I’ve been more focused on aiming for accessible rock anthems and hooks rather than the intellectual intricacies typically found in my other progressive oriented outlets… for me, this was more about having some fun as a songwriter, performer and classic rock music fan».

A Shadow Of My Future Self finds Ross Jennings on a musical journey fans have not heard him explore professionally before, writing very personal songs in what can only be described as a love letter to Ross’s extensive record collection and eclectic musical upbringing that were the foundation to his musical inspiration. This album in question starts on the fringe of a country road, navigates indie pop, anthemic rock, power ballads, and culminates in some epic prog.

Tracklisting:

1. Better Times 4:09

2. Words We Can’t Unsay 5:04

3. Violet 5:30

4. The Apologist 4:56

5. Rocket Science 4:15

6. Catcher in the Rye 5:19

7. Since That Day 3:25

8. Young At Heart 8:14

9. Feelings 4:57

10. Third Degree 4:35

11. Phoenix 11:15

12. Grounded 8:03

13. Year 4:56

14. Be The One (Bonus Track) 3:26

The track Feelings,

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6034 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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