Produced & Mixed by Dave Rave Ogilvie
Produced & Mixed by Dave Rave Ogilvie
Gripping vocals, prepared piano, melancholic guitars and studio experiments build the framework for The Dream by Lying On Ice.
Imagine you have stumbled into a dimly lit club just outside Bellingham, Washington. You find a table, take a seat and realize rather suddenly that the world outside has disappeared. As unsettling as it should be since nothing here is exactly as it seems you find yourself instantly softened and soothed by the music. On the stage calling out for your attention is a bright red fabric draped between the piano’s hammers and strings gently muting the pianist’s beautiful melodies. Drawing the eye down from the bright red fabric sits the stringy guitarist blending into the back of the piano turned away from the audience and gently swaying. As the singing starts you notice the vocalist being swallowed by a light so bright it highlights the sent of dirt and rain brought by the thick cloud of incense slowly curling through the air. So bright is the spotlight the shadow created is the only indication of someone is entirely enveloped inside the canopy of light. This must be a dream, you think, as you gaze at the hair from the forward slumping drummer who starts pounding a rhythm reminiscent of ancient spiritual gatherings. The drums whose heads are covered in the same thick red fabric from the piano mutes and muffles a rhythm which seems to emanate from a strange resonating cavity inside your chest. As the songs are offered to you by this collection of instruments seemingly playing themselves you notice a chill in the air. It has grown so cold you can see your breath, but you realize you are still rather comfortable. Welcome to the world of Lying On Ice.
The Dream by Lying On Ice was formed with one goal, to create an atmosphere so thick it fills the ears, and thoughts, until time dissolves along with your surroundings. The Dream is an acoustic album swallowed by electronics perfectly at home silently orbiting the earth waiting patiently along side the flood of other celestial objects for discovery.
With thick layers of atmospheric instrumentation mixed and produced by Dave Rave Ogilvie’s distinctive in-your-face style and guest vocals by Edward Ka-Spel for the song Surrender The Dream by Lying On Ice opens the ears and pours in poetry, texture and atmosphere.
The addition of Edward Ka-Spel’s vocals on the song Surrender highlights the psychedelic atmosphere hinted at with the songs The Dream, Ava Maria, and the cover of Skinny Puppy’s Smothered Hope.
“The masterfully atmospheric “Let Me Go”, an icy synth arpeggio surrounds otherworldly vocals, the female lead projecting a heavenly tone as the backing vocal samples present a dark sort of percussive infectiousness. Lying On Ice’s gorgeous style reminds me very favorably of Chromatics’ neon-tinged synth-pop, in addition to Hikaru Utada’s more darker-geared efforts – or a less hectic and more organized Crystal Castles. Either way, comparisons aside, “Let Me Go” is a remarkably well done effort that balances a dark atmosphere brilliantly with seductive vocals and a subtle sort of infectiousness that sticks, with a sound that’s quite original despite the complementary comparisons…” – Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound
Jesse is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He was the recipient of the prestigious Gloria Estefan Scholarship, in recognition of his musical and scholastic accomplishments.
Jesse performed in the opening act for Kelly Clarkson in a private sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. He was a guest performer with David Byrne and St. Vincent on “Road To Nowhere” for over 7,000 fans at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Jesse was recruited by 3-time Grammy nominee David Arkenstone to perform with David and the Cirque de la Symphonie to open the 30th Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Arena.
Angela Cross - Vocalist
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Angela Marie Cross takes 20 years of Classical and Jazz music training, a Folk sensibility, and a penchant for electronics to create performances that have been described as hypnotic, and haunting. Angela’s vocal work has ranged from Hip Hop recording collaborations to live Jazz performances, and solo singer-songwriter sets.
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New band successfully lands deal with musical heroes for debut album.
What do best selling groups Tool, NIN, David Bowie and Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen have in common with the new experimental group Lying On Ice? Veteran producer and mixing engineer Dave Rave Ogilvie is that connection and when he got involved with the The Dream by Lying On Ice everything changed overnight for the Colorado based group.
With the album, The Dream, Jesse Maddox and Angela Cross prove their group, Lying On Ice, are firing on all cylinders. Their unique songwriting and unusual approach in the studio drew in veteran producer Dave Rave Ogilvie (NIN, Skinny Puppy), who produced and mixed the album. Dave helped Lying On Ice sculpt a collection of songs with dream-like arrangements using reverb soaked guitars, felted pianos, sub-bass synths wrapped around otherworldly vocal processing. The textures throughout the album give it it a unique and intensely mellow sound, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself hitting repeat.
Setting the album in motion was the addition of the Legendary Pink Dots and recent Amanda Palmer collaborator Edward Ka-Spel providing vocals for the song Surrender. The exciting combination of Dave’s mixing and production with Edward Ka-Spel’s guest vocals was truly a life long dream come true. Between the work of Dave Ogilvie and Edward Ka-Spel’s projects they helped score decades of life for Jesse Maddox the founding member of Lying On Ice. Jesse, a Berklee School of Music graduate and recipient of the Gloria Estefan scholarship, set out to make the song, Surrender, featuring Edward Ka-Spel, a track that one might easily mistake for a long lost song from the back catalog of The Legendary Pink Dots.
- “Lying On Ice’s gorgeous style reminds me very favorably of Chromatics’ neon-tinged synth-pop, in addition to Hikaru Utada’s more darker-geared efforts – or a less hectic and more organized Crystal Castles. Either way, comparisons aside, this is a remarkably well done effort that balances a dark atmosphere brilliantly with seductive vocals and a subtle sort of infectiousness that sticks, with a sound that’s quite original despite the complementary comparisons.” – Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound
- “Cool, powerful and with a breathtaking voice, with complexity that penetrates directly under the listener’s skin. Make their songs an experience in which one likes to press the repeat button and start over to dream again. In any case, you should definitely use the headphones here, because then you really get the full potential. This should not be a mistake, because as the album ” The Dream ” shows, the duo from Denver is in full swing. 11 songs with addictive factor! Listen in and be amazed.” Mad Mako – Dark Life Experience
The Dream by Lying On Ice featuring Edward Ka-Spel and Dave Rave Ogilvie can be found streaming and for purchase everywhere you might listen. Music collectors might want to visit https://lyingonice.bandcamp.com as the band has put together visual art to each song in a set of limited run 4” x 4” art cards.