Light Awake Inside
A Light Awake Inside is the debut solo album from acclaimed San Francisco performance artist, Vinsantos. Set in a ruddy wash of a modern day Barbary Coast, the album spins a tale of a shattered performer's struggle for recognition in a world filled with unrequited love, angst and desperation. All with unprecedented hope. Recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios by Aaron Prellwitz on giant tapes run by a 1976 Neve console, there is a reminiscence of the concept albums of that era. The sound is best described as ghostly glam cabaret. At the helm of the production stands post punk icon, David J. Broken pianos, orchestral drums, tainted guitars, stellar strings and the occasional lick of the sarod all lend to this unique endeavor. The album features guest appearances by David J and alternative music luminary Jarboe. A Light Awake Inside is rich, cinematic, and destined for longevity. In 2007, Vinsantos was asked to record a track for an upcoming album based on the works of Judy Grahn, a pioneering force in our gay rights and lesbian feminist movements. Organized by Righteous Babe Records founder, Ani DiFranco, the project features interpretations of Judy's work by various artist such as Ani DiFranco, Ann Magnuson, Animal Prufrock, Debbie Bates and legendary actress Olympia Dukakis. Vinsantos was particularly drawn to the poem titled 'Sheep', taken from the book The Work of a Common Woman due to it's looming power and it's perfectly musical meter. Along with bandmates Kenny (Girl) Annis, Randy Odell, Marc Kate, Susanne Ramsey, and an appearance by Monique Jenkinson, Vinsantos' interpretation of the legendary writer's words is an experiment in the dramatic and beyond haunting. Enjoy.