Desert Sounds

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    The fourteen tracks on Desert Sounds showcase the symphonic and classically trained background of Acosta’s talents as a graduate from the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. The woven melodies of trumpets, violins, and Jacob’s vocals and whistling are married to a wide variety of percussion, from a standard drum set to worldly musical instruments like the guiro, cabasa, various shells, and surdo drum. As a multi-instrumentalist Jacob performed and recorded on piano, timpani, voice, guitar, keyboards, bass, auxiliary percussion, and additionally arranged and composed all fourteen original songs for this record. Other featured instrumentalists on this album include the incredible sounds of Courtney Pinski and Dale Clark on violins, Jason Allen on bass, Mike Ankomeus on flute and trumpet, Adam Guenthner and Jeanne Mayer on trumpets, and Andre Gressieux on percussion.

    The lyrical interplay, arrangements, and literary storytelling is reminiscent of 60’s and 70’s groups like The Moody Blues and America. The album starts with a prelude of animal sounds from the Southwest in a dawn to night-time sequence, and ends with an instrumental finale featuring all the musical motifs from the songs on the record. This labor-of-love anthology was tracked in Tucson at local and home studios, was mixed by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Studios, and mastered by Jason Livermore. Desert Sounds is a cinematic ode to the Southwest desert with a collection of musical stories that pay tribute to Arizona and the greater Sonoran region.

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lyrics

For, I crave, that air, the honeysuckle and the
dutch-man’s pipe, at my ankles and thighs

Lift, my spirit, oh can you, hear the crunch of all the
Walk-ing sticks, bindweeds and dried swordleaves

The prarie clover, wild as corporate turnover
Heat slurs, melodies in this dry valley concur

Sweet the sounds of, my paradise, the waking life
All around us it grows,
Fill my house up, with light
Play every note to your heart’s delight

Silvercups, and golden seeds, Petey names
Mesquitey trees and every trail that flows
Ebberlein, seems to know

Sweet the sounds of, my paradise, my pulse inside
Sharpens when I survey and preside
Making time for the ones who know the score
They worry less, cause their song goes on, and on
Even when we’re gone

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from Desert Sounds (2018), released May 26, 2018

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Jacob Acosta Tucson, Arizona

Jacob Acosta has released 12 records between himself, Mason, HYTS, Roll Acosta, and Race You there. He has been featured on NPR and produced by John Vanderslice. He is a national performing artist in Tucson, AZ, and has just released his biggest album to date, 'Desert Sounds'. His new record is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. ... more

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