Journal

Air Review

Week before last, my love for music, visual storytelling and my friends all collided in a shoot I couldn't possibly be more excited about.

"I've got low wishes now that I am old / 'cause I don't really know what to ask for anymore / and I'm overwhelmed by the questions I can't ignore" — Low Wishes

"I've got low wishes now that I am old / 'cause I don't really know what to ask for anymore / and I'm overwhelmed by the questions I can't ignore" — Low Wishes

In case you haven't heard, Air Review has a new album out, so when Jeff Taylor — a long-time friend and member of the band — called me to say they needed some new promo photos, I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Jumped, not just because of my friendship or the fact that Jeff and Doug Hale (the world's most humble frontman) have scored almost every motion project I've ever done, but because as humans and artists, Jeff, Doug and the rest of the guys have my admiration and respect. They are so much better than they realize.

"'Cause we are planes heading for a lonely place / faking everything's okay / this is my automatic" — My Automatic

"'Cause we are planes heading for a lonely place / faking everything's okay / this is my automatic" — My Automatic

But I have a feeling that's about to change. NPR released their list of "100 artists worth discovering" at SXSW this year and atop the list sits Air Review:

"Handpicked from among thousands of artists, this genre-traversing playlist picks highlights, discoveries and future thrills from this year's festival."

Air Review's new album, which you must buy, could also be described as genre-traversing. It's a little electronic & a little folk-y with lyric depth and beautifully crafted melodies. It's a stunning bit of work that I've had it in constant rotation since first laying my hands on it several weeks ago. I cannot get enough.

"When we were kids we believed in everything / there's only one thing left to believe in now that we're old" — Rebel

"When we were kids we believed in everything / there's only one thing left to believe in now that we're old" — Rebel

"And I can't help that this heart beats in my chest / and that the blood fills up my bones like flesh and hope" — Rebel

"And I can't help that this heart beats in my chest / and that the blood fills up my bones like flesh and hope" — Rebel

Special thanks to Deep Ellum 42's Benton Payne. He works tirelessly to enable artists from around our city free access to shoot in these incredible Deep Ellum locations. If you have a photo or video project coming up, or need to host an art event in a truly unique space, give Benton a call. They have 19 buildings in Deep Ellum that are completely free, provided your project meets their requirements. I feel rather fortunate to have met him and hope they are successful in their attempts to revive this storied part of our city.

"Oh to know where secrets go / we could start a fire and watch it grow" — Young

"Oh to know where secrets go / we could start a fire and watch it grow" — Young

"I'm not the only one / I am America's Son / and I'm so inclined to run" — American's Son

"I'm not the only one / I am America's Son / and I'm so inclined to run" — American's Son