Blake Lewis "Portrait of a Chameleon" Album Release

The Crocodile Presents:

Blake Lewis "Portrait of a Chameleon" Album Release

RA Scion and Vox Mod, Mother of Pearl, DJ Indica Jones, Featuring live painting by OneSevenNine

Fri, June 6, 2014

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$10 Adv.

This event is all ages

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis
"Blake Lewis is such an amazing talent, and Portrait of a Chameleon really delivers on showcasing all his skill and artistry." — Ken Jordan, The Crystal Method

"Blake is a super-soulful and creative dude. We had a lot of fun writing 'She Gives Me Her Love.' Great vocal and beats." — Nick Hexum, 311

Blake Lewis first came to national attention as one of the most unique contestants ever to compete on American Idol, and long before that, as a teenager, he was well-known as "Bshorty" in Seattle's a cappella, hip-hop, and rave scenes. But with the release of his ambitious and completely self-helmed third album, Portrait of a Chameleon, Blake is taking things to a whole new level.

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Audio Day Dream (which sold 350,000 copies and spawned the top 40 single "Break Anotha") and Heartbreak on Vinyl (the title track of which went to #1 twice on Billboard's dance charts), Portrait of a Chameleon is "fun, sexy, and positive. I'd call it 'future pop,'" says Blake. "Across the album, I juxtapose so many different kinds of music. It's very anthemic, and there's an epic feel. The album metaphor has to do with finding our colors, as we are all chameleons. I'm standing out on the cover because I've found mine. I will always continue to stretch the boundaries of the human voice and create the music that colors my life."

Using Blake's own painstakingly handcrafted library of sampled mouth sounds ("beatboxing, sound effects, vocal scratching, the works") as its foundation, Portrait of a Chameleon runs the gamut from the reggae-tinged Nick Hexum co-write "She Gives Me Her Love" to the horn-laden funky-freshness of "Disco in Space," from the sexy slow-jam "Lost in Heaven" to the poignant life-on-the-fringe cautionary tale "Not Today," the latter inspired by Blake's mother, whom he considers his main inspiration. The album also features the hard-hitting, bass-in-your-face "Your Touch," the soundtrack to 2013's Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 campaign — which starred Blake, played on more than 19,000 theater screens across the U.S., received more than 1.2 billion impressions, and has already sold 130,000 copies worldwide.

But perhaps the centerpiece of Portrait is the '80s-tastic pop epic "Retro Romance." A sonic sequel of sorts to "Heartbreak on Vinyl," the frothy, feelgood ode to a Jordache-clad dreamgirl with "Suzanne Somers thighs" sounds like a final-love-scene song on a John Hughes soundtrack — meaning, of course, that it sounds totally awesome. "Duran Duran, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Prince, and Michael Jackson were always playing when I was growing up, on CD or on vinyl," Blake says fondly of his proud '80s influences.

However, Portrait of a Chameleon has an overall hypermodern feel, and Blake is looking ahead, hoping that his "future pop" will connect with fans of all ages. "I never wanted to stick to one style or stay in one place," he stresses. "And I haven't been more proud of anything in my life than this album."

Portrait of a Chameleon comes out May 20th on Audio Day Dream Records.
RA Scion and Vox Mod
RA Scion and Vox Mod
Since his emergence in Seattle’s hiphop hotbed as one half of Common Market, RA Scion has consistently delivered dense lyrical subject matter over a wide variety of beats. Whether rapping under the superhero pseudonym Victor Shade, going raw, no frills on BEGXBORROWXSTEAL or riding Todd Sykes’ Dilla-esque production on Adding To The Extra, the emcee is steadily expanding an already impressive catalog of pointed socio-political commentary.

Native Seattleite Vox Mod has recently carved out a respectable niche for himself in the city’s electronic music scene. From his collaborative effort with Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler to his experimental, improvisational work with Lazer Kitty and Emerald Strata, Vox has proven himself to be amongst the deepest explorers of the illimitable synthesized soundscape.

The two combine forces to create Sharper Tool; Bigger Weapon, a 14-track warrior-style epic featuring guests Daniel Blue (Motopony), Blake Lewis, Romaro Franceswa and more. The album is lush and rich in texture, expansive and purposeful in its scope; an honest, impassioned reflection on the nature of the human condition and a bold declaration for the enduring spirit of man.
Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl
Born from the minds & hearts of five abnormally gifted Seattle musicians, Mother Of Pearl has been leaving a rare, powerful impression on the minds & hearts of music lovers throughout the Seattle area, beginning with their live debut in November 2013.

Drawing from a widely-cast net of influences (listeners have reported traces of rock/pop/jazz/r&b/electronica, among many other genres) and an embarrassment of riches in the musicianship department (each member ranks among Seattle's most in-demand studio musicians), the band has quickly established renown for their meticulously crafted & distinctive songwriting, their commanding live shows & their utterly seamless ensemble mentality.

Mother Of Pearl are currently preparing for the release of their debut single "Our Love/These Walls" (coming soon on 7" vinyl & digital download).
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121