Kevin Bartlett | Glow In The Dark

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Glow In The Dark

by Kevin Bartlett

Intricate, haunting, soundscapes weaving through lush symphonic and world influenced palettes, a soundtrack, an ambient journey, a prog album aimed squarely at your heart.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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1. Nothing Really
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2. The Sorrow, The Fish, and Glastonbury Hill
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3. God's Little Do-over
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4. Chauncey Saucer Survives 2012
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5. Moon v. Moon
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6. Stethoscope
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7. Resuscitation
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8. Glow In The Dark
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9. Something Probably
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10. Next Life....Let's Just Wave To Each Other
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kevin Bartlett’s career in the rock arena proved to be very interesting, from playing in the obligatory bar bands, to lighting design and stage management, retail/wholesale record buying/selling, to Television and Theatrical scoring, to booking and concert promotion, to running a record label and touring as a musician. There was even a disco band along the way but he’ll deny it.

The "Rennaissance Man" term truly applies to Kevin who has worked the business from all sides. Three years of early teenage R&B bar bands gave way to the Psychedelic era where Bartlett took to special effects lighting design and found himself working with the likes of Janis Joplin, Led Zepplin, Jeff Beck, The Who, B.B. King, John Cage, The Moody Blues, and The Velvet Underground and to name a few.

His first love of playing music (rather than colorizing it) brought him to Rochester, NY in 1971 where he began experimenting with Rock Theatre and electronic music, back when he claims that synthesizers used to take up "entire rooms". He co-wrote, recorded and produced two full length Rock Operas in the 1970s while supporting the endeavors as manager and buyer for one the nation’s largest record retailers. "I think all aspiring recording artists should serve a mandatory sentence in record retail. It’s a very sobering and eye opening look at the machine. Plus you get alot of free stuff."

In the early 80’s Kevin’s compositional and theatrical background naturally led to scoring for Dance and Theatre. He scored the world premiere of Toni Morrison’s play, "Dreaming Emmett", as well as scores for New York’s Circle Rep, The Nikolais Dance Theatre Company, and The Empire State Youth Theatre Institute. His unique use of synthesizers became sought after by the advertising world and in 1983, Kevin opened shop as Aural Gratification, composing for TV and Radio, while also releasing 10, ninety minute soundscapes for museums, art galleries and a small mail order catalog. To date he has composed for MTV, HBO, VH-1, Comedy Central and his favorite, Sesame Street. "I now have a pretty good grasp of my numbers and the alphabet!"

The Aural Gratification label was founded by Bartlett as a vehicle for his recordings and later co-produced and released nine albums by the gifted composer / vocalist, Happy Rhodes. In the mid-90s Aural Gratification released two ambient techno compilations for the European market, on which Bartlett contributed seven tracks and collaborated on another three with composer Bokeno. "That experience refocused me on creativity. It was great to get out from behind the desk and the phones. I found I was much happier making music than I was marketing it. People said I was even less cranky." Volume 3 is planned for release one of these freakin’ days.

Kevin currently lives in Woodstock, NY, where he has just completed construction on the new Aural Gratification Studios. He also is busy at work composing and producing for TV and film while rehearsing and staffing a small tour that will feature his works from Glow in the Dark and Near-Life as well as a few surprises and guests. Look for the film Peaceable Kingdom due out soon that will feature a fair portion of Glow in the Dark as it’s soundtrack.


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Bill Mazur

Kevin delivers another sonic masterpiece
“Glow in the Dark” is a stunningly beautiful collection of music. Kevin's music is incredibly heartfelt and emotional. As with “Near Life Experience”, the compositions and arrangements are intricate and evolve in a flowing cinematic manner. “Glow in the Dark” has a mixture of dark and mysterious moods as well as one stand out joyful piece which is the title track. Kevin utilizes many different sonic textures that paint an aural landscape that you can get completely lost in and then find your way out again at the end of the journey.

Alexandra Barnes

Not for the faint of heart or spirit
This album, a followup to Bartlett's "Near Life Experience" of 2003 ups the ante in the best way possible.
We live in dark times, with all signs pointing to darker times before it gets better.
"Glow in the Dark" is the perfect album for this moment in history - a heroic journey through darkness and pain to hope and redemption. If "Near Life" was the soundtrack for the movie in your head, "Glow" is the soundtrack for mankind's journey.
Every single song resonates with a universal experience, whether it's fear, anger, sadness, passion or devotion, and Bartlett's masterful mix of melody, sinuous guitar and guest appearances by sounds from some other galaxy transports the listener to a higher plane where we can look at ourselves and the world.
Some of the songs insinuate themselves into your consciousness quietly...Moon v. Moon, Nothing Really, Next Life, Something Probably, The Sorrow. Others drag you in and take you under, but hold you tight until you burst back into the daylight...Stethoscope, Resuscitation, God's Little Do-Over. My two personal favorites are Chauncey Saucer and the title track. Chauncey is an epic piece of music, full of unexpected delights and moments that raise the hair on the back of your neck. "Glow in the Dark" is my vote for this generation's anthem. It is the most uplifting piece of music I've heard since Deep Forest's Forest Hymn...and I never believed I'd find a piece of music that could equal that song's power to transform. Kevin Bartlett's done it. This is a brilliant album.