Stephen Paul Dix | The Velvet Balloon

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The Velvet Balloon

by Stephen Paul Dix

Brooding blue eyed soul with shoe gaze textures, ambient treatments and tight electronic arrangements. When one puts on an album by Bowie, Prince or Leonard Cohen, they step into another world ,the artist’s world. That’s what I want for my listeners.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Blue-Eyed Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Velvet Balloon
3:35 $0.99
2. If You Knew
3:56 $0.99
3. The Path of Least Resistance
3:32 $0.99
4. While I Got It on My Mind
3:49 $0.99
5. A Thousand Suns
3:20 $0.99
6. Brave Face (Sacramento)
3:42 $0.99
7. Can't Hold That Back
3:12 $0.99
8. All's Not Lost
6:19 $0.99
9. Aquatics
3:10 $0.99
10. I Am the Wind
8:35 $0.99
11. Umpqua
9:56 $0.99
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Album Notes

In April I released a solo album called Internal Affairs. The album was greatly inspired by David Bowie. With the exception of one song, all the vocals were recorded over the two months following his death. The early part of the year when that album was recorded was something of a difficult time. The album was a very cathartic release of emotions and as music has always done, it lifted me through. I didn’t stop with that album, I kept writing and recording. I write this having just completed another solo album “The Velvet Balloon.”

Stylistically it is very similar to the previous album, brooding blue eyed soul with shoe gaze textures, ambient treatments and tight electronic arrangements. Where this album differs most is in the approach. With the previous album, all the music was written prior to the lyrics. This was because Bowie’s death inspired me to write and sing on existing music I had tucked away for another day. For this album the songs came quickly and the music and lyrics came simultaneously. That is not to say the vocal takes came quickly, they most certainly did not. The words and melodies though, were there right from the start giving them time to marinate. Also because I was performing with my Bowie Tribute band Weird & Gilly, my vocals had developed more, not to take anything away from the prior album, I just had more confidence in my vocals for this one and pushed myself further.

I’m very happy with The Velvet Balloon, I don’t think there is anything predictable about it. Mortality is more of the focus. The death of Prince and Leonard Cohen had an influence on the album. In fact, the song, My Velvet Balloon, was about the ridiculous amount of great songwriters we lost in 2016, as well as, the ones we have lost over the years.

When one puts on an album by Bowie, Prince or Leonard Cohen, they step into another world…. the artist’s world. That’s precisely what I wanted to do with this album. Continue to
The Velvet Balloon is releasing worldwide January 14th, 2017 but will be available at the Weird & Gilly show on January 10th marking the one year anniversary of David’s death, which was a tragic day, but a day where something changed in me and the way I produce music. I try to be fearless as an artist, I try to be more organic and recognize when the song is complete. I try to understand there are people out there who will get it and people who will not probably more of the latter, so be it. Above and beyond everything else I want to make an album that can transport you to another world …. mine.develop a sound unique to myself. I feel confident I’ve done that, if nothing else.



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