Indigo, the color I saw through Hieronymus Bosch’s tunnel

Water in the color blue going to black with a rock.

Have you ever seen a painting called Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch? It’s a sixteenth century painting which expresses the journey of souls towards a light at the end of a tunnel. Angels help the souls on their way to Heaven. You can read more about it here: http://www.hieronymusbosch.net/ascent-of-the-blessed/

Hieronymus Bosch Ascent of the Blessed - tunnel

I first learned about Hieronymus Bosch’s work from a song called Garden of Earthly Delights by XTC. If you haven’t seen that one, here’s a picture of a puzzle I put together of it.

Ascent of the Blessed Puzzle Bosch

If you haven’t heard the song, you should listen to it now…

I had an experience one evening, as I pulled the wet curtain and stepped out of the shower; I started to see through a tunnel. It was happening while I grabbed my towel. Dripping hair and all, the only thing I could do was gently wrap the towel around my vulnerable body and sit down. My throat swelled and tears started flowing. I could see it, but more than that, I could feel it. There was an indescribable color of light. It was a tunnel without walls, but you knew which way to go. I didn’t go anywhere. I was grounded yet so incredibly high. It was extraordinarily beautiful. The experience lasted for about a minute, if that. I didn’t want it to end, but I knew it had to. It gently and ever so slowly drifted away.

This wasn’t the only experience I’ve had like this, but this was the strongest.

I love recalling this memory and there are a few other Maheekat songs that incorporate a description of the feeling. The Emptiness and Eureka are two of them.

With Indigo, we tried to describe just the color and the associated feeling.

The original song didn’t include the narrative in the bridge. I told Craig what the song was about, he has experienced  similar other-worldly states. One time he experienced something while surfing huge waves at Rincon. He could see through the veil of reality… or should I say… what people call reality in their cars going up and down freeways. People tend to hide from nature, protect themselves from it. That lifestyle is not true reality. Nature is. It’s in the way the earth is alive. A being of its own moving through the solar system.

Like me, this wasn’t Craig’s only experience. He’s had many more than I.

The narration was performed and recorded by Barry Somers of 10Radio in England. Listening to 10Radio is a completely different story, one we’ll most likely write about in a future post.

As usual, Craig played most of the instruments on the recording, including the slide guitar lead, which is one of my favorite parts of the tune. It really brings in the dreaminess element on top of a well-grounded groove.

The cover of the album was from a picture I had taken at a small Sierra Mountain lake. There are Fae folk that live around there. It’s a really beautiful place.

Lyrics:

Looking up I lifted my arms to the sky
As if I couldn’t know
I didn’t know that magic was real and I cried
Threw my hands to the ground

Hold on I think that I get it
I never believed it true
Just when I think that I get it
I’m left in the trust of you

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

Indigo, I reached through my mind to let go
Dusting off the love that I found on the edge
What a find intertwined

Hold on I think that I get it
I never believed it true
Just when I think that I get it
I’m left in the trust of you
With hues of blue

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

We live here but we’re disconnected
We hide within ourselves
So distant in our little boxes
Making ourselves foreign to the landscape
Cliffs, hills, giant waves on the ocean
Disipating into nothing right on the beach
Nature is reality
We’re just these little organisms running around on the surface

Domicile I’m thinking of
Holds the truth of long ago
Ahh

Whoa ooh whoah

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo
Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

Songs from the Woods Remastered!

Maheekats Songs from the Woods Album Cover Tree Woman Pen Art

What a difference!

Maheekats most current EP release, Songs from the Woods, was remastered by Paul du Gré of Paul and Mike’s Studios. Experience the clarity and higher quality than streaming.

Your order of the CD will include a sticker (or two).

Includes unlimited streaming of Songs from the Woods (REMASTERED) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Ships out within 2 days

“Maheekats is a dream rock band out of California comprised of Clara Hembree and Craig Camp. They blur the lines between rock, folk, ethereal and psychedelic creating a unique groove. They cite diverse influences such as Sun Ra, XTC, Yes, The Specials, Phoebe Snow, and Killing Joke. While the influences are so seemingly random, it makes perfect sense with their overall vibe. Clara’s sweet vocals range from delicate, swooping falsettos to bluesy growls. Paired over luscious melodies of psychedelic and post-punk influenced guitar, bass and drums, Maheekats sound is distinctly modern and yet feels so wonderfully familiar.”
– Strawberry Tongue Radio
Craig Camp: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys
Clara Efrona Hembree: Vocals, Guitar, Keys

Album Art “Dryad” by Maria Sol www.behance.net/SolIulstration

Getting all abstract to capture a feeling

Snow and trees with Clara walking in the distance

This song is about a feeling I had when an employer of mine moved away. After work, we used to sit and have tea and biscuits on her back patio which overlooked her lovely flower garden. At times I felt frustrated with the work, so I would hurry up and finish early so I could sit and chat with her. I learned so much. In the end, life moved on to find another bread & butter job and I felt broken by process.

I didn’t want the last line to have a true rhyme because I wanted to give the feeling of floating and not wanting to fall.

Lyrics…

When it breaks, it breaks me down
Down Oh!

Cold water under the bridge
Icicles upon the hedge

If you go far away
Away

Swirling wind under your throne
So much ringing drone

When it breaks, it breaks me down

In the middle of the end
Floating on a razor’s edge

When it breaks, it breaks me down

When a sensitive person goes to battle

girl and dog sitting on a boulder overlooking a burning city

For the lyrics of this song, I wanted to capture what it feels like to look around and watch life decay and come back to life again. As much as I think struggling will change things, the reality is that pain waxes and wanes. Sometimes it’s fast and terrifying, sometimes it’s full of anxiety and at other times it can be fun and exciting. How can pain be fun and exciting? Like exercise… it can be painful, but in the long run it’s so good for you.

With all of the above in mind, here comes a state of overwhelm. Never knowing what’s going on or what’s going to happen next. Yet from that place I look towards something I feel is greater than myself. Call it Lord or Love. Either way, it’s stable, comforting and all-knowing. I want to be close to that every moment of each day and night. It helps me deal with the rollercoaster called life.

Lyrics…

I hush your name
I hush your name
Why won’t you tell me
What’s goin’ down

Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all
Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all

What’s with the pain
Rollercoaster pain
Come close to me
And let me see

Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all
Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all

Heart of Love
Deep and full
Paints a color in the sand

I hush your name
Rollercoaster pain
Come close to me
And let me see

Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all
Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all

Oh Lord won’t you take me down
I know what you see in me
Oh Love won’t you take me down
I know what you see in me

Never End In the End – round the wheel we go

very long shadows of craig and clara walking on a road

Released on September 11, 2016.

Lyrics:

Here it is no longer
Where it goes I wonder
Give it to the rabbit to ponder
We’ll take the long way and know that we’ll only get stronger

Here are all the secrets
They remain neglected
Give it to the rabbit to detect it
We took the long way the break down was all that we needed

Round the wheel we go
This is all there is in the end
Round the wheel we go
This is all there is
Never end in the end

They believe the parody
Such a shame a tragedy
Give it to the rabbit from you and me
We took the long way and now we can see through the in between

Round the wheel we go
This is all there is in the end
Round the wheel we go
This is all there is
Never end in the end

Time to break down the wall
Time to break down and fall
This is aboriginal

Round the wheel we go
This is all there is in the end
Round the wheel we go
This is all there is
Never end in the end

NASA Inspired Video for Lady In Space

Maheekats Indie Music Video Lady In Space NASA

Inspired by women astronauts and astrophysicists, Maheekats created a video for their song, Lady In Space. The music video features a spaceship created by Craig Camp and footage from NASA and Videvo.

Those silver boots!

Lyrics:

Boarding the ship as the whistle blows
She’s right at home with the cockpit controls
And if her glasses slip down her nose
There’s no distraction ’cause there she goes

Lady in space
Lady in space
Lady in space

And what good luck that the sky’s so clear
‘Cause that means flyin’ without any fear
And as she pushes the atmosphere
Here come the stars that she holds so dear

Lady in space
Lady in space
Lady in space

Oh yeah
Oh yeah

From all around
Perspective is found
She might stay
Or fly fly fly away

Lady in space
Lady in space
Lady in space

I don’t know how she flies so high
I don’t know how she flies so high
I don’t know how she flies so high

[You have now reached your destination.]

Maheekats Come Back with a New EP

Maheekats Songs from the Woods Album Cover Tree Woman Pen Art

You’d think sometimes life would give you a break, instead it ends up breaking you. Maheekats’ new EP is finally released after nearly five years since our previous album, Sidetracked – Arbitrary Sonic Inklings.

The album has since received a really great review from Primal Music Blog…

What do you get when you mix smooth soundscapes with rock’n’roll, hush with loudness or hypnosis with high flying vocals? ‘Songs from the Woods’ is what you get. This mini album/EP from dream rock duo The Maheekats seeks to remind the listener of the past, while evoking originality and something altogether interesting…  And it does so over the course of six dream inspired, folk-impinged rock and pop tracks. READ MORE…

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The album cover art is by our good friend in England, Maria Sol. This piece is called Dryad. Her artwork is divine and can be found featured on Behance.

 

New Maheekat Album Sidetracked

Maheekats Sidetracked Album Cover

After a long hiatus, and many trials and tribulations, Maheekats release their second full length album, Sidetracked – Arbitrary Sonic Inklings. It’s a collection of tracks that breach the boundaries of genre. There’s a little twist of electronica, a bit of experimental sounds, and a good seasoning of indie rock.

The album is only available as a download. Downloads can be found at

Bandcamp
iTunes and Apple Music
Amazon