One might say that seeking the truth is about seeking what is right, and perhaps what is right for the individual. Vocalist Jessica Stackpoole talks about this and how these things will impact her in a track produced by Bueller and James Klynn called “Telling The Truth”, and I’m highlighting it as my BANDCAMP SUGGESTION for the week because I like what the track is about. It’s personal, direct and to the point, and I think the sharing of that is healthy and one that can benefit all, just as I feel this song can do. It is part of the Freedom Hall collective, so have a listen.
If you are a fan of the Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar or the film that was based on it, The Last Airbender, you’ll know that the storyline is child-friendly but goes beyond child’s play. It’s about a young child with incredible wisdom to move things with the power that he has, but those who feel they know about that power want to control him so they can control it. They want someone else’s power instead of their own. Within the storyline is the realization that the kid may have an old soul, and where does that old soul come from? That has always been the subject of cultural significance, if something that defines a people can truly be passed on from generation to generation and if so, is it always in us? If not part of our DNA, how do we learn it, how much to we learn when we know it has to be learned, and do we shape it to benefit us or is it more about bringing everyone from the past towards whatever the future has in store? I know this because my nephew was a huge fan of the cartoon series, and with it being true to a number of Asian philosophies and cultural beliefs through metaphors, I loved what it said and wanted to teach to its viewers.
That concept has been put into music with James Klynn and his musical family, and together as Freedom Hall, they have showed the power of good, friendship and unity and how that fight for it is perhaps the one thing that unifies us across the world. Some don’t see it that way, but the fight is to show why that thought process is worthy of that fight. That is what makes up the 5-song album known as The Avatar, a set of music that shows hints of the future with flashes of the past, in order to provide guidance on what we need to do today. Balancing hip-hop and soul in a manner that is respectable to both, it’s songs that help to define and redefine Freedom Hall’s mission, which in turn questions why not many are doing the same thing. It moves you to think of the music and your own stance on life, where you are, and maybe where you should be. Music is best when it makes an investment in the mind, and when the mind invests in the music. The Avatar sinks in because it knows it belongs there, bringing out what may be in your consciousness, or what your consciousness has already been longing for
The FreedomHall collective have become more active in the last few months, and if you haven’t paid attention to them or as to why this activity exists, it’s still a good time to discover why. You can begin here with two new tracks from the collective.
Spudd Brown and Scumbagsini have put together a track that sounds like mindbending soul, taken to outer space with a prompt from Andre 3000 or Bilal coordinates, but maintained by the seductive vocals of Passion Ward. It’s out of this world, it’s a trip, it’ll make you go “can soul music sound this trippy yet still sound so down to Earth?” That’s the art of music from the soul.
Jessica Stackpoole is described as “a singer, Songwriter, Poet, Painter & adventure seeker”, and in “Real Poetry” she may remind some of Ambersunshower’s time with Groove Garden and the songs “You’re Not Coming Home” and “Lovers In The Daze”, where it’s vocalized spoken word mixture. Add this with a trumpet solo from James De Luca and one can imagine themselves walking into a park and somehow finding themselves in a large metropolis while breathing in the good elements as they ignore everything that’s bad. It also has a nice “Sunflower” T. Blue vibe a la Erykah Badu, but placed into a new filter to go somewhere else.