I first heard of Opus Orange when I stumbled upon a documentary about the John Muir Trail titled "Mile . . . Mile and a Half" which is really worth checking out, especially if you're into hiking and nature. The documentary is beautifully shot using Nikon D800s (I think) and GoPros. The primarily instrumental soundtrack compliments the scenery perfectly, partially because Paul Bessenbacher was along fort the journey and experienced it firsthand, which I'm sure really helped contribute to the composing process. You can check out 2 of the tracks on their site, listen to the full album on Spotify, or purchase it on iTunes or Amazon.
My Music of the Moment post for today features two songs by Raphael Saadiq. I discovered his music while listening to Spotify on one of my many random solo road trips. I really love his throwback sound that pays homage to all of the great soul/R&B/Motown groups of the 60s. It's a sound that has influenced many of today's artists, but at the same time most of those performers don't capture the feel or groove that really makes this genre of music so awesome. It was really refreshing hearing Raphael Saadiq because he really understands what this type of music is all about. If I hadn't looked him up I would have thought I was listening to some recordings from the late 60s that I had never heard before.
You may or may not know this about me, but aside from being a photographer I'm also a musician. In fact, music is my main profession and something I'm extremely passionate about. Music plays a roll in almost everything I do and is a big contributing factor in all of my photo shoots. For most of my shoots I'll create a playlist specifically for that shoot. I was using my iPod, but now I primarily use Spotify since it has almost every song I could possibly want to hear and always introduces me to great new music I would have otherwise missed. So, with that being said, I've decided to create a blog series I'm going to title "Music of the Moment." with this being my first post in the series.
For my first "Music of the Moment" post I'm going to share a song that I just stumbled upon a few minutes ago by the Wallflowers called "Reboot The Mission." I've always liked Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers and this is a song I had never heard before. I just discovered it on Black Dog Films awesome website.