On the Goe: Oct. 18
You barely even have to ask Kyle Harvey about his taste in music. He wears his aesthetic plainly for everyone to see and, judging from the length of his beard, the dude has been pretty consistent with his principles.
If you spend any time in Fruita you may have run into the Harvey and his distinct facial hair. If the beard doesn’t ring a bell, then he is the dude wearing a worn plaid shirt, a bandana or cap and probably has an acoustic guitar within reach.
“The last handful of years I’ve actually felt pretty apathetic toward new music, and instead have found myself listening primarily to old Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons,” Harvey says. “The things that seem to resonate timelessly are the songs. A good song might live forever, whereas a pop trend or a sound gets old pretty quick.”
While pop chart hits are busy trying to blow your brains out with endless bass and meaningless lyrics, Harvey and many musicians and fans like him are ignoring the trend and seeking something with a little more substance.
Time and again that search has ended in the west end of the valley at the Cavalcade.
As Harvey and I have come to know, Fruita’s Cavalcade is sneaky good at booking the best music showcases in the Grand Valley.
Unconcerned with booking the hottest, trendiest band, the Cavalcade focuses on securing top notch musicians creating music for the love of art.
Break the name down to its meaning and a cavalcade is a basically a participatory procession. You don’t go to the Cavalcade to watch a concert. You go there to participate in genuineness of a musician’s creation. It is a small operation that truly puts the music first.
It’s you, the band and maybe 40 other people.
Joining the procession of talented musicians who have played the Cavalcade is Harvey and his dear friends from Omaha, Neb., Underwater Dream Machine and Nick Carl, the highlight of the entertainment schedule for Friday, Oct. 18.
Direct from the heartland, Underwater Dream Machine, led by multi instrumentalist Bret Vovk, is just the type of performer you’d want to see at the Cavalcade.
Underwater Dream Machine is an imaginative project, exploring love, loss and everything between in delicately constructed, lo-fi driven rock.
Underwater Dream Machine’s latest album, “Can You See Behind The Moon,” is an eight-song effort recorded to cassette tape in a living room in Omaha. Standout tracks such as “My Love” and “I Care For You” bob along with a fuzzy, affectionate warmth that is infectious and endearing. Other songs such as “That Time We Knew Without Speak” challenge listeners a little more with Neutral Milk Hotel style arrangements and lyrics that descend into an ambiguous mess of sound.
Listening to Nick Carl’s Soundcloud page, it’s easy to see how he and Vovk hooked up for their Super-Friends Magical Mystery Tour. Carl pulls off the alt-country vibe with ease and sincerity.
Harvey, who released Vovk’s first record on his small record label, Slo-Fidelity Records, is partial to the sound and vibe Underwater Dream Machine and Carl are after. Like his compadres, Harvey says his favorite recording process is to four-track cassette tape.
“I’ve generally gravitated to home recording, or in friend’s living rooms, for my solo stuff,” Harvey said. “Part of what keeps it interesting is the challenge and creative process behind using the limited possibilities of lo-fidelity recording gear to nurture thinking outside the box. You can get a lot of interesting sounds with a Radio Shack microphone and a boom box. You just have to experiment.”
If anything, Friday night’s show is an example of three musicians playing stripped-down tunes free from the distractions of modern music.
It’s honest reliable music, and I can’t think of a better venue for it.