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IAN GOTHE Shares New Single and Video Ahead of Debut Album Release

DT: FEBRUARY 6, 2020
FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/KELLY WALSH
 
 
IAN GOTHE
SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
“TAKE ME HOME”
IN ADVANCE OF DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
VIA BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL
LOS ANGELES RECORD RELEASE SHOW
FOR ‘MEMENTO’
SET FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
AT HOTEL CAFÉ (HOLLYWOOD)
 
Los Angeles-based acoustic guitarist-singer-songwriter IAN GOTHE has shared a new music video for the third single, the compellingly intimate” Take Me Home,” from his debut solo album MEMENTO, due out this Friday, February 7 via the California-based Blackbird Record Label. The video debuted yesterday, February 5, via American Songwriter.
IAN has also announced a record release show at Hotel Café in Hollywood this Saturday, February 8 where he’ll perform songs from MEMENTO which includes his two previous singles and videos: “Blood on The Rooftops in Montrose” and “Spanish Caravan.” “Blood on The Rooftops in Montrose” is IAN‘s homage to guitarist Steve Hackett of Genesis, while his interpretation of The Doors’ “Spanish Caravan” was originally premiered via Guitar Player and prompted The Doors‘ guitarist Robby Krieger to say: “I love it! It’s tough to cover Doors songs because the originals are so iconic. But Ian wasn’t afraid to stick to the original format and did a great job of capturing the feel. There’s a new flamenco/rock movement happening now in Europe–maybe Ian will lead the way!”
IAN‘s latest video “Take Me Home” was filmed with director Martin Yernazian in different locations in SoCal including Montrose (where he currently resides), Flintridge, Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. IAN sings the song entirely in Armenian reflecting his history being born and raised in Iran to an Armenian family until he was 14, after which he travelled across various continents until relocating permanently in Los Angeles.
“I wrote ‘Take Me Home’ as an anthem for one of the defining questions of my life, ‘Where do I belong?'” shares IAN. “As I was grappling with emotions suspended in a loss devoid of closure, ‘Take Me Home’ grew to become an ethereal journey through dreams, memories, and imagined futures.
“The moment in the video when I kneel in the cemetery,” elaborates IAN, “is meant to underscore the role of loss in fueling the human drive to belong, and the sojourn throughout the video taps into the desire to escape that we all have at some point, knowing full well that the mind, soul, heart, and pain will follow. Employing the metaphor of dream and the fairytale beauty of the Armenian landscape that is a reflection of what I imagine to be my soul’s home, I worked to create a tale that captures the universal experience of longing to uncover a sense of being, all while again losing that which never existed.
“With this song,” IAN adds, “I attempted to create a space to contemplate loss and question the uncomfortable ambiguity of existence. By painting a picture of dreams and a desire to find home with enough textures and colors, my hope is that listeners can contemplate their own journeys.”

 

IAN GOTHE – “Take Me Home” Official Music Video
“TAKE ME HOME” Lyrics (translated to English)
Written by Ian Gothe
Come and take me far away
Take me to Yerevan
Come and take me to Goris
Then on to Tatev Monastery
In my dreams, I saw a verdant vineyard
Azure cloud-laced skies in Lake Sevan
 
An endless field of wildflowers
And a morning drenched in shimmering light
An imperfect melody
An apathetic time
The whimsical wind is beckoning me
The strings of the kanun are singing your song
 
Take me, take me far
Take me home
Take me, take me far
Take me home
 
Treasured memories, days of old
Bring the red wine, let it flow
The waves of the river overflow
Like my soul runs to and fro
Carefree thoughts adorn the starry night
Round and round you dance in my head
 
Take me, take me far
Take me home
Take me, take me far
Take me home
 
  
Photo credit: Fred Mendoza

 

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IAN GOTHE’s Newest Video: “Blood On The Rooftops In Montrose” Pays Homage to Steve Hackett

 
 

 

DT: DECEMBER 16, 2019
 
FR: MITCH SCHNEIDER/KELLY WALSH
 
 
 
 
 
IAN GOTHE SHARES VIDEO FOR
“BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS IN MONTROSE,”
HIS HOMAGE TO GENESIS GUITARIST STEVE HACKETT
 
THE SONG MARKS THE SECOND OFFERING
FROM HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘MEMENTO’
DUE OUT FEBRUARY 7, 2020
VIA THE BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL
 

 

Los Angeles-based acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter IAN GOTHE has released “Blood On the Rooftops In Montrose,” the second track and video from his debut album MEMENTO. Due February 7, 2020 via the California-based Blackbird Record Label, the album was co-produced by IAN with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty). Watch the video here.
 
Blood On the Rooftops In Montrose” is IAN‘s homage to Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The intro to the song is by Hackett (“Blood On The Rooftops,” from the Genesis album Wind & Wuthering) paired with an original piece by GOTHE (*read the Q&A with IAN below*). The video–directed by Martin Yernazian and shot at IAN‘s studio in Montrose, CAwas premiered by Stereo Embers Magazine (12/12/19) which wrote:
 
A stirring number played with finesse, precision and heart, ‘Blood On The Rooftops In Montrose’ is a riveting display of soulful musical virtuosity. An homage to Steve Hackett, the instrumental track not only showcases Gothe’s spellbinding dexterity, it demonstrates the sophistication and sheer artistry of his compositions. The follow-up to ‘Spanish Caravan,’ which was the first single from Gothe’s debut album Memento, ‘Blood On The Rooftops In Montrose’ is further proof that Memento is one of the most widely-anticipated albums of 2020. Along with dazzling originals, the album also contains masterful interpretations of numbers by the Doors (‘Spanish Caravan’), The Coral (‘Liezah’) and The Bee Gees (‘Holiday’).”
 
Blood On the Rooftops In Montrose” follows the album’s first single and video, “Spanish Caravan,” IAN‘s interpretation of the Doors classic. The video was premiered via Guitar Player magazine (10/30/19)which hailed it as a “…a beautiful, deeply personal cover.”
 
QUOTES FROM IAN GOTHE
ABOUT “BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS IN MONTROSE” TRACK AND VIDEO
 
 
  • “‘Blood On The Rooftops In Montrose‘ is my homage to Steve Hackett. The intro to the song is by Hackett paired with my original piece. The song is about a couch potato, and I keep the theme of televisions as I use the classical guitar lines to reflect our connection to technology. The subtlety of the lines allows the listener to disconnect from a world that’s overwhelmed by the current sense of connection through technology. ‘Blood On The Rooftops In Montrose’ is a way for the listener to unplug and experience relief. In the video we provided a gentle slower pace with the angles and edits to support this idea.”
 
  • “Like all of [Martin] Yernazian’s videos the lenses that were used were vintage 1970’s Nikon custom lenses that add an atmospheric cinematic feel to the piece. Shot on Blackmagic Design cameras. Both for recording and the video I used my 2007 A.J. Lucas Classical Guitar (a luthier from England).”
 
 
GOTHE, an Armenian-American born in Iran who came to Los Angeles as a teenager, recorded MEMENTO at Jim Scott‘s Plyrz Studios in Valencia, CA. It features performances by all-star musicians Derek Frank (Shania Twain, Gwen Stefani), Fernando Perdomo (Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple), Tamir Barzilay (Macy Gray, Tal Wilkenfeld), and Sam Babayan (The Dirty Diamond).
 
GOTHE brings to his compositions and arrangements a depth that can only be found in those who have dedicated themselves to their craft.The artistic choices that GOTHE makes are evidence of an artist who has emerged from a journey, confident and ready to create from a place of authentic introspection.
 
  
 
Photo credit: Fred Mendoza
 
 
 
 
 
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Acoustic Guitarist IAN GOTHE Shares Doors Cover of “Spanish Caravan,” Debut Album ‘Memento’ Due In 2020 Via Blackbird Record Label

 
 
 
DT: OCTOBER 31, 2019
 
FR: MITCH SCHNEIDER/KELLY WALSH
 
 
 
 
IAN GOTHE
RELEASES SINGLE AND VIDEO OF HIS INTERPRETATION
OF THE DOORS CLASSIC, “SPANISH CARAVAN”
 
THE SONG IS THE FIRST OFFERING FROM ‘MEMENTO,’
HIS UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM,
DUE OUT FEBRUARY 2020 VIA THE BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL
 
 
 
“…a beautiful, deeply personal cover.”
Guitar Player, on Ian Gothe‘s single, “Spanish Caravan,”10/30/19
 
Los Angeles-based acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter IAN GOTHE has shared the first offering from his debut album MEMENTO via his interpretation of the Doors classic “Spanish Caravan.” The video was premiered yesterday (October 30) via Guitar Player magazine in advance of the single’s November 1 release. Look for the album, co-produced by IAN with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty), to be available February 7, 2020 via the California-based Blackbird Record Label.
 

 

Ian Gothe - Spanish Caravan
 

IAN GOTHE – “Spanish Caravan” Music Video

 
GOTHE, an Armenian-American born in Iran who came to Los Angeles as a teenager, recorded MEMENTO at Scott‘s Plyrz Studios in Valencia, CA. It features performances by all-star musicians Derek Frank (Shania Twain, Gwen Stefani), Fernando Perdomo (Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple), Tamir Barzilay (Macy Gray, Tal Wilkenfeld), and Sam Babayan (The Dirty Diamond). *Read a Q&A below with GOTHE about “Spanish Caravan,” a song well-known for its complex and compelling guitar riffs that still capture audiences’ attention today.
 
GOTHE spent much of his adolescence traveling across continents in search of a home. A childhood filled with loss and loneliness provided the impetus for GOTHE to continually turn to music as his friend and confidant. His initial inspiration came from a recording of the Doors’ “Spanish Caravan.” GOTHE was not immune, and his petition for a guitar of his own was driven by his desire to play those well-worn, haunting lines with ease. After GOTHE and his hard-won guitar left Iran before the revolution, the 14-year-old lived with family in England and later made his way to the United States by way of a year in Baltimore before finally settling in Los Angeles, where he lives today.
 
GOTHE‘s musical career has been marked by false starts and missed opportunities, a reality not unexpected for a young man in the throes of wandering and learning about both music and life on his own. While in his early twenties, GOTHE composed a high-energy dance song, “Cleopatra, produced by Christian DeWalden, that became a number one hit in Italy, but years of career pursuits and family life ultimately relegated music to an occasional hobby. After the dissolution of his 20-year marriage, GOTHE returned to his first love by way of an open mic night that led to the start of an artistic relationship with Manda Mosher that continues to this day. Citing the influences of British bands such as Camel and Genesis, and many less well-known musicians, GOTHE‘s style is an eclectic triumph that fuses not only musical genres but also crosses language barriers as well with songs that feature both English and his native Armenian.
 
Memento begins with a hauntingly melodic flute piece, “Andalusian Moondance, a dreamy start to an album that unwinds with unrelenting musical prowess mixed with delicate beauty. Classics such as the Bee Gees’ “Holiday, Camel’s “Airborne and The Doors’ “Spanish Caravan each come to life with passionate arrangements and masterful instrumentation that reflect GOTHE‘s devotion to these pillars of his artistic musical history. Interspersed with these canonical songs are originals such as Take Me Home,” written in Armenian; the evocative melody is his lyrical tribute to the universal longing to return home. “Tired Little Eyes,” which closes the album, is also written and performed in Armenian. It’s a delicate lullaby written as a tribute to GOTHE‘s late younger brother and a reminder that his brother will never be forgotten. In both “One Of These Days,” a mournful original ballad,and “Final Hour,” a song by Kathryn Pollock, we hear GOTHE pay tribute to both love and family as he seeks to let go. “Liezah,” a beautiful cover of the jaunty British song by The Coral, provides a cheery tribute to GOTHE‘s time in England.  “Blood On The Rooftops In Montrose” is an instrumental piece written about his current home, and it’s also his homage to legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The intro to the song is by Hackett (“Blood On The Rooftops,” from the Genesis album Wind & Wuthering) paired with an original piece by GOTHE. The original song is about a couch potato, and GOTHE keeps the theme of television as he uses classical guitar lines to reflect our connection to technology. 
 
GOTHE brings to his compositions and arrangements a depth that can only be found in those who have dedicated themselves to their craft.The artistic choices that GOTHE makes are evidence of an artist who has emerged from a journey, confident and ready to create from a place of authentic introspection.
 
  
 
Q&A WITH IAN GOTHE ABOUT “SPANISH CARAVAN”
 
What attracted you to interpret this classic by The Doors
When I was 12 years old, I was looking through my cousin’s record collection and on the turntable there was a record. I pressed play and what I heard totally mesmerized me, it was “Spanish Caravan” by The Doors, the first track on side B. That’s when I said to myself, “I want to learn to play the guitar.”
 
Why do you feel this song is a good first entrée to his album?
To me “Spanish Caravan” has elements of classical, rock, jazz, prog and folk music all in one song, that’s why I fell it would be a good first entrée to my album. And Memento is an eclectic album.
 
Where did you shoot the video, which was directed by Martin Yernazian?
I chose to shoot the video at PLYRZ (Valencia, CA) where we recorded the album so people could see the magical space where all these creations were made. 
 
Which guitars did you use for the recording and video of “Spanish Caravan”?
For recording of “Spanish Caravan,” I used my handmade 2007 A.J. Lucas guitar, a luthier from England. For the video of “Spanish Caravan,” I used my handmade guitar by a luthier in Canada by the name of Alan de Jonge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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