Tropical Arena-Rock Ambient Jazz-Metal-Fusion Americana… in other words, yacht-rock, if the yacht was captained by Hunter S. Thompson, navigated by David Foster Wallace, and Crewed by the Merry Pranksters, and the capacity for time travel.
This is Fourth World Radio's premier release. It is called Aperture. The themes on this record include mythological warriors, trans-dimensional romance, tropical Dionysian transcendence, the electrical circuit of destiny and luck, and a time-traveling vision-quest/joyride. Musically there are many influences and genres, jazz to grunge to alt-country to 80's new-wave and on.
A note from Geoff Giordano, principal songwriter and musician behind Fourth World Radio, from their website:
I spent a long time writing, arranging, and recording these songs, with the help of a few good friends along the way. There are a few rookie mistakes, most of which may only be perceptible to me, but alas I feel the need to mention. I do not apologize for them, however. They are what they are, and in the future I intend to re-mix this record in surround sound, which might solve some mixing issues, issues only complicated by a staggering inability to let go of ideas and make subtractive decisions. We'll see.
My intention and goal in writing music is not to produce hits, or fashionable sounds per-se. I have always wanted to make music that would satisfy the hearts of men and women who were hungry for adventure, hungry for something new and challenging, hungry for hope and salvation from the ordinary. I try to incorporate the idea of adventure into this music. The lyrics are vague themes, nonlinear and peripheral storytelling, that both tell a story, or part of a story, or beg the listener to make their own decisions as to what the song is about. I will only write a song if I can think of a story, something fantastic and unbelievable. I avoid getting nakedly personal or political in songs, but I believe that any emotions or ideals that I wish to express come through the story, but in a way that someone else can get out of it what they want, without my desire to express getting in the way. This is my goal, at least.
I try to incorporate the idea of adventure in the music itself. In terms of sounds, genres, arrangements, and even mixing. The music itself I try to find something unique. Of course I have my influences, but really the music has to sound to me like it came from an alternate universe. I dream music, although never have been able to transfer directly, but when I hear and tweak a song just the right way, I know that that is how it is supposed to sound like from dreams. I always try to find some way of playing it, some instrumental or vocal layer that brings the song from to a third dimension. I want it to change the physics of the room. This is possible. More on that later.
I have been often told that my music and the arrangements are very "cinematic". I consider many of my songs short audio-films, or perhaps soundtracks to short films, or tales told and written, journeys taken, visions beholden. I am a lover of cinema and literature, and I apply my appreciation for these mediums into the songs I write. I use sound effects, sounds of nature and industry. I use any effect I can to create the right atmosphere. My advice on each record, doctor's orders: For best results, please listen to this album with headphones and vice of choice. at high speeds, or alone in nature.
I have many influences and love most genres of music. This is another adventure for me. It is true that the influxnces of my personally favorite bands and genres rise to the top, and are sometimes quite obvious, but many times, the ideas I have come from a cross-pollination of very diverse musical genres and bands. I believe in a Marvel Comics/Hall of Justice type of songwriting. When stuck on a part of a song that has very strong 80's yacht-rock vibe, I ask what would Sonic Youth do here? What would happen if Steely Dan and Soundgarden wrote a song together? Def Leppard and Weather Report? Black Sabbath and Fela Kuti? U2 and Jamiroquai? Neil Young and Nile Rogers? You get the point. And I like to think of the idea of "World Music" which basically means, "all other music, culturally, apart from popular music", popular music including jazz, country, rock, electro, etc. But TRUE world music would incorporate all of these. And not is some corny hip-hop/country crossover type of thing, but music tat incorporates many different types of music, deep in the fabric of the music itself. I like to give each song it's each unique and strange DNA, and you may find jazz and metal to be not so far apart on the double-helix.
Adventure, Beauty, Inspiration, Fear, Awe, Transcendence… these are my goals. Have I achieved them? I guess that would be a subjective decision. I can't say for sure. I'm still grasping and still in complete awe of music, sound, color, stories, and words. The art creates itself in a way. It already exists, there trapped in the dark, the silence, the chunk of alabaster, or the restless mind. It is there for everyone, you just have to know how to carve it out. I am still simply fascinated by both the spiritual and the scientific aspects of music. It's power to heal, it's power to change, it's power to inspire dance, tears, laughter, revolution, lust, love, sex, to name just a few results (may vary).