the bEdRoom tapeS
Written by Michael Niles
A fast-paced lyrical
pantomime supplementing a fun and distinctive guitar
riff make Ariel Aparacio's version of "People
Who Die" one of those LPs that you play in
the morning on the subway, and are hearing in your
head on the subway home.
It is catchy; yes, the lyrics are an assortment
of manufactured fantasies detailing elaborate ways
that people die, but who is judging? It is a homage
to the late Jim Carroll's punky 80's hit, with Brooklyn
rocker Aparacio taking the initial recipe and sprinkling
in a bit more energy. It tells a story throughout;
something like Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your
Guns To Town" mixed with a Strokes number from
"Is This It" EP, and similarly, people
also die. "Tony could fly, Tony died"
explains how Tony (we do not get to learn much about
Tony) has no ability to fly, like most humans, but
this fact, leads to his departure from this world.
Alongside this are tales of hepatitis in Manhattan,
hangings and subway suicides, and if you are curious
as to whether this song is depressing, the answer
is probably yes.
Possibly my favourite exit is by Kathy. Dear Kathy
was just 11, "when she pulled the plug on 26
reds and bottle of wine". What does that mean?
I have zero clue, but it sounds good. The EP was
released July 6 in digital stores and if you haven't
had time to download yet, "Lucille" is
worth a listen on its own. Tongue-in-cheek in style,
with the odd few naughty anecdotes, this original
collabatory track illustrates quite a lady. I'm
quite intrigued to see what her cellophane dress
looks like as described by Aparacio and Khalid Rivera
in this Prince/Bowie sounding concoction. A quirky
song with a summer feel, hiding a sinister inner
being that it allows to pop up throughout at chosen
intervals, this is not a relationship that is going
well, but damn, she's hot!
"Torito" is written for the Brooklynite's
son, and this Spanish-infused lullaby smacks of
a hero, racing on horseback through a desert in
Southern Spain. Tonto/Torito?? You decide. Now,
I do not speak a single word of Spanish and so I
have absolutely no idea what is being said, although
I did hear "New York" a couple of times.
However, that does not detract from the fact this
is a delicate personal ode to the artists loved
one and he steps carefully to excite with visions
of brave Zorro-like characters saving-the-day and
quickly simmer the enthusiasm to create a lullaby
of immeasurable youthful satisfaction. Fast forward
to the psychedelic-mindtrip that is "The Future".
Throwing out a raw rock-induced muddle of hypnotic
delirium, the persistent chorus follows and follows
until you slowly find yourself enjoying the repetition
of such simple words. Four very varied songs with
a style you cannot pigeon-hole but instead, a blend
of world-renowned artists merged together to produce
the bEdRoom tapeS.
He has already appeared at punk rock club CBGB,
and venues such as Nokia Theater, MakeMusicNY for
two summers in a row, MTV’s Out@MTVN event,
and the NYC Knitting Factory. The single from the
EP stands out as the commercial hit, taking what
was good about an 80's hit and adapting it to a
modern rock audience. He'll play at San Diego Pride
this month with no dates yet mixed for New York,
so watch this space. www.arielaparicio.com