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"Letters from Traffic" New LP could reset Seattle Music Culture"
7 Sep 2013
I recently spoke to a friend who had seen a “Letters from Traffic” concert in Seattle. They went on and on about how wonderful an experience it was. Not uncommon, I talk to folks all the time about bands and concerts in Seattle. With the number of talented artists saturating the cityscape and diversity of cultures converging in one place, there are amazing events taking place daily. It wasn’t until the end of the conversation when she said, “It was probably the best show I ever saw,” my attention heightened. Having known her for quite some time, and knowing she attends concerts regularly, big show’s like the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Paul McCartney,… name them, she’s probably seen them. “The best show,” I asked? She confirmed with her eyes aglow, “Yes, it was an incredible night!” Shocked, I sat back and tried to picture this. Horns, trumpets, guitars, a big band with a complex sound, small venue and packed crowd, this is where the real magic happens. These are the nights we will always remember. Deciding to listen for myself now and readied with the sound of rock-n-soul in the background, my mind is carried like a tree branch in the ocean, I felt like I was riding the crest of a wave toward a destination; a place an artistic visionary had cultivated and crafted, with painstaking design.
In that wave was the rat-tat-tat from the engine of a Model “A” Ford, wizzing passed me as if they needed to get somewhere, anywhere, but off the city street, and into a room their soul longed to embrace. It was the people dressed in suits and dresses, short hair styles with little curls, a lace head band with small white beads adorning its elegant design. In this place the culture was changing and people had every reason to be unhappy, but weren’t. They created their own places in back allies all through the city; places you were expected to leave your troubles at the door and enter with a cheerful spirit. As you entered the room you were noticed, not as a spectator, but as a participant. Your enthusiasm to enjoy the night contagiously passed through the haze of cigar smoke, churned from the movement of dance and shot back from the roar of the trumpets. Through the crowd comes the line of musicians, one after another, snaking themselves through the tables and along the bar. One by one the crowd joins in, unwinding; casting away all but the happiness in their hearts.
That’s the feeling I get when I listen to “Letter’s from Traffic,” I told her. “That’s it! “That’s very much what happened, that night.” she said. But, that’s another time; those places no longer exist, I thought. Are we not living in a time in which folks have all but forgotten how to have fun? Are we not saturated with negativity every which way we turn? Perhaps, our outlets for experiencing life’s happiness and joy are harder to find today. Perhaps, the culture has once again cast these outlets to the back allies of our cities. Perhaps, they still exist. Exist fueled by the passion of artists and patrons ready to sing from the soul and listen with the innocence of their hearts. Perhaps this day marks the reemergence of the speakeasy, with different motives sparking their rebirth.
Their music has been long in the making but the movement has already begun for the lucky few who have experienced one of these memorable shows. November 2013 will launch the first “Letters from Traffic”, “Icarus Iterations” LP. What we already know about the album is it will feature 11 songs, 5 of which are already available for listen on reverbnation.com and bandcamp.com. “Minotaur”, “City Ways”, “Nova”, “No Devil” and the acclaimed “Dirty”, which was a top 5 finalist,” blues category, 2013 Northwest Music Experience Awards” all are incredible songs which evoke strong emotions with an instrumental orchestration highlighting this bands growth and musical range. If that wasn’t exciting enough there are still 6 more songs in the “Mastering” stage of production and if the first 5 songs give us any insight into what “Letters from Traffic” has in store, “Icarus Iterations” may be one of the most electrifying releases of the year.
I am very excited about the future release of “Icarus Iterations” and the rise of Letters from Traffic. With an entertaining live show and catalog chalked full of inspiring music, I wonder just how far this LP will go, how many accolades it will produce or what opportunities may develop for the band. I just hope I get the chance to walk into one of these small venues in Seattle and experience the show as it was earlier described. Seattle has many hidden treasures and “Letters from Traffic” is certainly one of them.
Also, available for download on www.reverbnation.com/lettersfromtraffic is one of their most insightful and inspirational songs “A Holding Light.” This is also one of my favorite songs from the band. A song which exposes the inherent presence of the human soul, untouchable and constantly shifting the Holding Light is your sword and armor, your most powerful protector. You must recognize its presence and fuel it by being true to yourself. It can make the weak strong and the downtrodden successful. So, when the night is over, band stops playing, crowd says their goodbyes, lights go low and you step back out into the cold city streets, do so with your “Holding Light” guiding your way.