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At the tail end of Winter Cycle, the stark and melancholy 2010 solo piano EP by My Shadow and I a unique sonic concept developed by multi-talented musician and songwriter Brad Podraythere is a brief burst of sweeping orchestral optimism called “Bliss (End of the Winter Cycle).” This whimsical minute and a half piece is the perfect segue into the latest season of My Shadow and I: the melodic, richly textured, film score lush Summer Cycle, a full length recording released on Podray’s uniquely monikered independent label, Nonexistent Recordings.
Podray penned the eclectic ten track collection as a chronicle of the powerful transitions and emotional breakthroughs that come months after the heartbreaking but necessary end of a relationship. Summer Cycle’s overriding theme of emergence matches that of Podray’s increasing presence as a force in contemporary instrumental music after years of eclectic performing and recording experiences in numerous other genresamong them, industrial metal, “Pirate rap,” alt rock and down tempo trip hop. While the Florida born, Philadelphia based musician’s rock influences range from Beethoven to Nine Inch Nails, his chief inspirations for his solo piano and electronic/symphonic works are Brian Eno, Danny Elfman and famed new age pianist David Lanz, whose encouraging words about the Eno-influenced self titled My Shadow and I debut led Podray to further develop his vision in this genre.
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