Title - 'Oblivious' [Vinyl]
Artist - Babyflow
For those not in the know, Independent label Wildflow Records and Anthony Rogers announces the release of the wild debut album from Babyflow entitled Oblivious
The album is available on the full range of digital and stream services and is available again on limited edition vinyl, in keeping with all releases thus far on Wildflow.
Oblivious marks the first time Rogers has released an album under another name, evidently, like everything else these days, a side effect of the Covid experience, one assumes.
Rogers remarks, “This is a wild one. We intended an even more collaborative album which got shut down 2 songs in March. After that, it wasn’t until August that we had the Lillers come back in separately to finish the vocals."
"Since there were a number of tracks with vocals other than mine, it was entirely appropriate to put this under another name. Blake significantly stepped up writing wise and the others - especially the Liller brothers - left a big imprint on the final product."
"Then, of course, the craziness of the commercials and format (suddenly all) made sense to me.”
1. 'Daddy Got Played'
2. 'Substitute for Science'
4. 'Covid Beach'
6. '3 for $12.99'
7. 'William Burns'
8. 'Invisible Mask'
9. 'Wish Away'
12. 'Karen for Hire'
13. 'Rain Cloud'
Marketed as “an indie solution for the Covid/Trump hangover,” Oblivious opens with the gentle psych dreamscape of 'Daddy Got Played,' and backs that up with the rhythmically drum-led 'Substitute for Science,' the melodic pop of 'Wrong,' the upbeat, albeit twisted twister 'Covid Beach,' and then the lofi grunge guitar pop of 'Greaser' is brought forth.
The foot-tappin' '3 for $12.99' is then backed by the transcendent qualities of 'William Burns' and itself followed by the trippy hippy hipsway of 'Invisible Mask,' the lush rock orchestrations of 'Wish Away,' and then we get the prog psych, Zappa-esque rock of 'NTHI.'
This tongue in cheek, yet profoundly heartfelt album - a balance between despair, reflection, optimism outrage and humor (both direct and sarcastic) - then rounds out with the mid-'70s folk rock-imbibed 'Listen,' the short, but sweetly tainted 'Karen for Hire,' closing on the beautiful, free flowing harmonies of 'Rain Cloud.'
Oblivious is the fourth full length release (#3 on Wildflow) by Appalachian indie artist Anthony W. Rogers and in addition to Rogers, Babyflow features the usual contributions from Rogers’ children - Blake (Audrey) and Joe Rogers - as well as heavy contributions from brothers Aaron and Sean Liller, and musical contributions from local musicians/friends Pierce Miller and Bryson Bush.
To complete the family circle, the iconic, full on unforgettable sun cover art was painted by artist Lisa Rayden-Rogers, wife of Anthony/mother of Blake and Joe.
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