The latest from RIP Records Introduces series comes from Glaswegian artist Atlas Cedar.
Writing and recording all his music from home, Christopher Syme, aka Atlas Cedar, has accumulated a wealth of terrific music over the years. Creating songs and albums influenced by his experiences traveling the globe and the relationships he formed with people over the journey, latest track "In Hollywood" is the ideal introduction to the talented singer songwriter.
A layered guitar number, "In Hollywood" feels like something right out of the 60s, with Syme's reflective vocals and hazy instrumentation filling the song with warmth and summer vibes. Despite Syme's Scottish heritage there's a hint of Americana about the track, while a touch of Neil Young can be heard in the beautiful melodies and reflective lyrics. Speaking on the tracks origin, Syme's had this to say:
“I wrote the song shortly before going to live in California in 2015, and originally called it "Gone Hollywood" in homage to the song by Supertramp from Breakfast in America. The lyric is based on a mixture of two unconnected stories - a night I spent in a run-down motel on Sunset Boulevard, and a story about a friend of a friend who found herself in trouble with the law and who gave her address as room 234 in a dodgy motel. I combined the two stories to come up with the idea of meeting ‘the girl of my dreams’ after checking into a cheap motel in Hollywood. I was going to call it "Miss Miracle" but I went with ‘In Hollywood’ as that was the original lyric I came up with when I first improvised the track.”
If you're digging this one be sure to check out more of Atlas Cedar here.