Keram | Come to Life

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Come to Life

by Keram

Genre: Rock: Space Rock
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1. We Breathe So Brief
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2. Killing Days, Living Nights
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4:24 album only
3. Infidel
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4:35 album only
4. Samsara
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5:21 album only
5. Mary Magdalene
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6:15 album only
6. Medicated
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3:36 album only
7. The Big End
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4:56 album only
8. Moving Dark Circles
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6:37 album only
9. The Devil Knows Me Well
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11:11 album only
10. Come to Life
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21:10 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Keram, an accomplished musician, film and television actor and founder of the long-running Robot Pride Day, is an out-of-the-box artist. His newest album, Come To Life - executive produced by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson - is a sprawling, other-worldly roots-rock adventure that took an army of about 30 musicians, whose collective credits include Coheed & Cambria, Zappa Plays Zappa, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and of course Rush.

From “Killing Days, Living Nights” that sounds like a cross between Neil Young and D’Angelo to the 12-minute “The Devil Knows Me Well,” an audio history of the blues that starts with the Delta, visits the Stones, pulls in Beach Boys-type harmonies and on to Hendrix, the 10-song opus is an unpredictable hybrid of Americana, new age, electronica, roots, rock, theatre, experimental, jazz, pop, and then some. It ends with the title track that then embarks on 20 minute improvisational ambient-jazz journey inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Recorded in Toronto and Los Angeles, Come To Life was seven years in the making. Keram says he chose the musicians for their improvisation skills. “I let them go crazy. We captured lightning in a bottle” — including Lifeson who appears on “Devil Knows Me Well,” “Mary Magdalene” and “Moving Dark Circles” and whose intuitive guitar solos work perfectly with the songs. The whole album was mastered by Andy Vandette (Rush, David Bowie, Dream Theater) and “Mary Magdalene” was mixed by Rich Chycki (Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith).

As an actor — who has appeared in the films American History X, Punisher: War Zone and Texas Chainsaw 3D and TV shows True Blood, The Mentalist and 24 — Keram (Malicki-Sanchez) brings that expression to his music too, writing from other character’s perspective to explore his themes.

Leading Blue Dog Pict in Toronto in the 90s, Keram created a movement with an elaborate stage show featuring multi-media, props and costumes. He had his own record label at 14, released three albums, and the cultish devotees known as “Sky Pirates” became part of the live experience. Major labels courted them. Then Keram was called away to LA so Blue Dog Pict was dismantled.

There, Keram got his legs back at breeding ground Hotel Café, performing acoustic shows that were influenced lyrically by living in Hollywood. “But it’s not just a record about Hollywood. I probably feared what the Internet might do to us all. Robots coming to life represented the technological age, the new machines.

“The whole idea is coming back to life, look beyond your little mobile screen, look at the world around you, and see how you can become involved in it.”


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Martine

Must hear
Keram has surpassed himself with this album. Every artist involved is amazing, especially the lovely Aimee Lynn Chadwick. Pick this up, you won't regret it.

Malevolent Deception

Amazing
Absolutely Love everything about this album. Keram's voice still has the haunting calmness that will set you into the right mood for self reflection and meditation. A Good Album to listen to to bring yourself back to life.

LadyFim

Can't stop
I can't stop listening to this album! Keram's vocals blend with the sounds and influences of so many great musicians to create an album truly worthy of a start to finish listen. This is Keram's greatest album to date and should be on everyone's must hear list!

Tina

Sweet Music
Keram has been one of my favorite artists for sometime now and I adore his talent and music. There is always something unique and refreshing to his music. As and indie artist he keeps his dreams alive and continues to bring forth such amazing work. This album is a must have for anyone who is a fan of Keram or is just new to this artist. You won't be disappointed!