Live from the Hive 2
Ari\'s music is very personal and all at once organic. It\'s written out of observation and feelings. It\'s delivered through a raw, personal sense of self. It\'s acoustics for everybody, but there are doorways throughout where everybody can get in and access what\'s going on. There is a weight of intelligence and poetry within that carries it's sense of self that supersedes the flaws of the recording\'s honesty. It celebrates the experimentations of voice, guitar, cello, violin, African percussion, accordion and piano. It\'s fun and relevant, but traditional and peaceful. It\'s modern and yet dusty and reminiscent. Although recorded in a very short amount of time, \'The (Medical) Tapes, Vol II\' has a tremendous sense of depth to it. It documents the ideas and broad brush strokes of an artist just on the verge of his ambition and pushing at the edges of his inspirations with a little help from his friends. Ari had been playing regularly with his musical roommates at a dive backpackers pub called The Royal every Sunday night for a year and a half off Granville Street Vancouver. The Medical Tapes was volume number two in a series that Ari had anticipated as being journal entries more than anything. This process was criticized and romanticized by people like Stuart Derdeyn (The Province), Wil (musician), Damien Rice ( musician)and Sal Ferreira (President UBC music dep.). The Medical Tapes volume was written between Asia, Australia and Canada. One of the songs was even written on a piano in the basement of the oldest standing house in Vancouver.