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Drowning in Odium review of Ego and The Ids

Experimental Symphonic coolness

Portland based project Ego and The Ids are rather hard to describe, but rather cool. They make melodic, symphonic neo-classical type stuff, but with a kind of post-rock aesthetic. Their style varies song to song, though dark melodies and a somewhat slow tempo are constants throughout. It’s kind of like of what would happen if some of the more folk Projekt bands like Unto Ashes lost their pretentiousness and veered into more experimental territory, adding occasional synths and samples and whatnot.

It’s all rather pleasant stuff, for sure. I recommend you check them out.

Drowning in Odium

JS Revolution review of Eo and The Ids

Boasting a sonic pallet of influences as diverse as the alchemical process the band defines as their own, Ego and the Ids count among their musical sires such alt-rock legends as Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Concrete Blonde, Leonard Cohen, Human Drama, The Misfits, Sisters of Mercy, NIN, The Cult, Joy Division, The Cure, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and U2. According to project mastermind Gerald del Campo - a veteran of popular Portland alt-rockers Trick Sensei - Ego and the Ids' music is further "inspired by metaphysics, religion, the occult and the mystical chase of our idealized selves."

Named after jargon popularized by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the band describes their driving philosophy: "I think my musical aspirations have a lot to do with my feelings about being more than human. Oftentimes when someone does something terrible, we blow it off to human nature - as if there is nothing that could be done about it and that we simply need to accept it. And yet we fail to recognize that same human nature when humans create beauty for its own sake, or involve themselves in great acts of compassion at a heavy personal cost. Everyone notices when one does something wrong, but no one seems to notice when one does something right. I want to remind people of the things that are right within us. Music is a tool that can be used to speak to our fans' inner selves."

The group defines their sound as "melodic, orchestral and experimental." del Campo shares the band's broader creative ambitions in "using music to evoke mental images of life, death and everything in between, always taking the time to show the grandeur of the human experience. This project wasn't created to make money, but as an exercise in creation for its own sake. We would like to get our music into as many hands as possible - for free. If the feedback we receive from our efforts are positive, there will, of course, be more." As Ego and the Ids gets underway recording their debut LP, you can find Ids founder Gerald del Campo playing with Trick Sensei, who recently released Sessions: Notes from a free Cascadia in 2007. Trick Sensei are currently writing for their sophomore LP.

- JSRevolution

What does it all mean?

We have received some emails from listeners who would like to know what these songs are about. Since they are purely instrumental at this point, I suppose that it is a fair question.

March of The Wood Fairies is about armed militant environmentalist Fairies, Sylphs, Gnomes and Salamanders who have had enough and are marching on the human race. The reverse gate toward the end of the song makes me think of hurried fairies buzzing right past my head like mosquitoes.

The Silver Key is based on an HP Lovecraft short story about a man who prefers his dreams and ambitions of youth to his present reality, but hast lost the ability to dream. He eventually discovers a silver key in his attic which is the answer to his problems. It has a happy ending, but you'll have to read the story yourself. Other bands have written music about this story as well, but this one is our interpretation.

Out of Time is about extinction from the point of view of the extinct. Or, what it must feel like to accept ones ultimate fate. I think about polar bears and their future a lot, and in a way the song revolves around their plight.

White Lilies White Lies is pretty obvious to anyone who has heard the song. The white lilies are the white grave markers at the veterans cemetery. The white lies are the twisted truths that government uses to whip up the masses into a sense of unthinking patriotism and blind nationalism on behalf of corporate business interests. The air-raid alarm was created with a theremin played through a digital delay.

But in the end, what is really important is what YOU think it all means.

We are working on new tunes all the time. At this moment we are working on "Ophelia, I..." All these songs will be included in the up and coming album. Stay tuned.

If you'd like to have these songs for free, for your MP3 player, please visit http://egoandtheids.com and join our mailing list. And please spread the word.

OH! If you or some one you know is a film student that would like to make a video from our songs, please let us know. We'd love to have something to post on YouTube and MySpace videos - we'll gladly give you credit for doing it.

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Ego and The Ids by Jake Brown

Boasting a sonic pallet of influences as diverse as the alchemical process the band defines as their own, Ego and the Ids count among their musical sires such alt-rock legends as Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Concrete Blonde, Leonard Cohen, Human Drama, The Misfits, Sisters of Mercy, NIN, The Cult, Joy Division, The Cure, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and U2. According to project mastermind Gerald del Campo - a veteran of popular Portland alt-rockers Trick Sensei - Ego and the Ids' music is further "inspired by metaphysics, religion, the occult and the mystical chase of our idealized selves." Named after jargon popularized by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the band describes their driving philosophy: "I think my musical aspirations have a lot to do with my feelings about being more than human. Oftentimes when someone does something terrible, we blow it off to human nature - as if there is nothing that could be done about it and that we simply need to accept it. And yet we fail to recognize that same human nature when humans create beauty for its own sake, or involve themselves in great acts of compassion at a heavy personal cost. Everyone notices when one does something wrong, but no one seems to notice when one does something right. I want to remind people of the things that are right within us. Music is a tool that can be used to speak to our fans' inner selves." The group defines their sound as "melodic, orchestral and experimental." del Campo shares the band's broader creative ambitions in "using music to evoke mental images of life, death and everything in between, always taking the time to show the grandeur of the human experience. This project wasn't created to make money, but as an exercise in creation for its own sake. We would like to get our music into as many hands as possible - for free. If the feedback we receive from our efforts are positive, there will, of course, be more." As Ego and the Ids gets underway recording their debut LP, you can find Ids founder Gerald del Campo playing with Trick Sensei, who recently released Sessions: Notes from a free Cascadia in 2007. Trick Sensei are currently writing for their sophomore LP. Check out all of del Campo's various creative goings-on at www.egoandtheids.com.

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