My, How Time Flies III
Our lives and our history are most often represented by the timeline, a straight course from point A to point B. We are born, we go through life, and, eventually, we die. Throughout our existence, we are never fully aware of what percentage of our timelines we have trekked. Every age we reach, we only get 1 year of practice of being that old, which is why sometimes we need to loop back to a place more comfortable than now. Suddenly, we are catching salamanders, chasing fireflies, or sleeping with a light on in our 30s, being either completely oblivious to the harshness of the world or aware of it and attempting to keep it away. Sometimes we reach moments of mastery, and pull ahead because as children, we may be forced to grow years in a second as we encounter love or loss. In our 20s, we may sit on front porches and chatter with the wisdom of the elders, or we may face a diagnosis that shakes us because it introduces us to our autumn colors earlier than anticipated. With the constant looping, pulling, spinning, twisting, and coiling, our time line becomes a ball of yarn, wrapped around itself, traveling back and forth from beginning to end.
Producer Brass Clouds (Horsefeathers) and emcee Lucas Dix (Jellyfish Brigade, Shut-ins and the Colony) have teamed up to form BCxLD. Together, the Portland based hip hop duo present My, How Time Flies, a four part EP series to be released throughout 2016. With Brass Clouds’ all original instrumentation and Dix’s heart-on-his-sleeve songwriting, the pair creates a project that intertwines elements of hip hop, electronic, R&B, and folk; a project that zig zags through the calendar of us, highlighting the highs, lows, and everything in-between.
My, How Time Flies III features Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, and Mimi Naja of Fruition, Stephen Sauer, Dali of Mondegreen, Efftupp, Blake Ambrose, and Brass Clouds himself. The albums is available at http://bcxld.bandcamp.com as well as via iTunes and Spotify.
Press for Part III
It’s an album that always has one foot deeply entrenched in hip hop, and another exploring other genres such as folk, electronic, and R&B. We get guest appearances from just about every member of the band Fruition, and even Brass Clouds steps to the mic (he’s good at rapping, too!). What really sets this album apart is the guiding hand of Dix on the mic. He’s got a really nice voice that finds just the right balance between being gruff and smooth, and his lyrical tone is very conversational. There are definitely explorations of romanticism and nostalgia over the course of the album, as we cover everything from quitting smoking to childhood family trips. What makes it come together, though, is the way in which Dix discusses everything – it never feels pretentious. Instead, it feels like you’re catching up with an old friend who’s got some good stories to tell.
Smokes ft Jay Cobb Anderson
I started smoking cigarettes when I was 18. I stopped smoking cigarettes on February 15th, 2014, at the age of 28. Throughout those 10 years, I tried quitting at least fifty times. After ultimatums from girlfriends. After both my grandpas died of lung cancer. After intoxicated self-reflections at 5:00 am. After Gavin was diagnosed with cancer. After I was diagnosed with cancer.
I’ve written some of my best songs, had some of my most revelatory thoughts, overcome some of my most crippling anxiety, and enjoyed some of my favorite nights with a pack in my pocket and a smoke in my hand.
Maybe it was the mornings after or maybe 30 made think about 40 and 50, but I eventually just up and quit. I get called a nostalgic rapper in almost every description of my music, but I don’t long for the old days. I just recognize that those days are puzzle pieces of me now.
This is my ode to those 10 years of hopping in the car, rolling down the window, flicking a bic, and feeling like the following smoke-filled 5 minutes lasted for a forever.
Shouts to Jay Cobb Anderson for hopping on the hook and trying it all together.
Field of Widlflowers
This was the first song I wrote to a Brass Clouds beat. I wanted to write a album that featured a bunch of stories I created. That idea never came to fruition, but I never fell out of love with this song.
This is my attempt at a dystopian love story.
Their latest album My, How Time Flies III, is an eclectic mix of songs, combining dramatically cinematic, heavily filtered soundscapes with the cool flows of Dix and his friends. While Billy Bass and Champagne In My OJ don’t slouch either, the most appealing song on the album has to be Smokes, an eerily soothing tale of succumbing to and battling cigarette addiction which features a hypnotic hook from Jay Cobb (of local bluegrass band Fruition). I don’t even smoke, but this song sounds really good.