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As I type this, the area where I live – much like a huge chunk of the continental United States – suffers through its 10th consecutive day of triple-digit temperatures, with nothing resembling a cool breeze or refreshing rain on the horizon. However, the forecast is for cooler temperatures beginning tomorrow. A “cold front” is going to drop temperatures in my neck of the woods all the way down to the 90s tomorrow!
Needless to say, it’s been a brutal stretch of weather and the “relief” that’s on the way is welcome only in the way that being slapped in the face is preferable to being boiled in oil. No, what’s really needed is a week or two of blessed 65° days with temperatures dropping into the 50s at night. There is nothing in the imagination that could possibly be better right now than cool autumn breezes stirring the curtains on open windows.
Until blessed September rolls around, though, I intend to conjure up the feeling of the cooler weather it promises by putting “Purple Glow” by Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Arcadia Gardens on heavy rotation. A one-man band project by Daniel Rutstrom, Arcadia Gardens summons up the calming, refreshing feeling of cool weather following a vicious, nerve-fraying heat wave.
On “Purple Glow,” Rutstrom partners a languid, sensual melody with airy synthesizers and gently chiming guitars to create a blissed out feeling like stumbling across a cool pond in the middle of a meadow. The track has a tranquil, peaceful vibe without ever crossing over into New Age territory – “Purple Glow” may be able to transport its listeners to a meditative state, but there’s no doubt that its DNA is passed down from people like Talk Talk, The Radio Dept., and even Can (the Future Days album, specifically) than from George Winston.
“There’s no place that I’d rather be,” Rutstrom sings on the first line of “Purple Glow,” and I can relate. In the middle of a wretched, seemingly endless heat wave, the song is an antidote to a cruel sun scorching everything beneath its rays. “Purple Glow” is a welcome reminder of how it feels to be content, comfortable and calm. It’s something precious to hold onto until relief finally arrives.
You can stream and download “Purple Glow” and the other five tracks from Memory Machines free of charge directly from Arcadia Gardens’ Bandcamp page. Memory Machines was released on May 19th; you can also stream/download the Empty Dreams album (released on June 26th) here.