Guitarist brings rich and contemplative tunes to Opera House
“The Last Danger of Frost” is a deeply personal album composed and performed by musician Steve Kimock. A reflective piece, Last Danger of Frost was inspired by experiences abroad, time spent in the company of close friends and family, observance of nature’s beauty, and by silent meditations on the vicissitudes of daily living.
Music lovers got to experience his live performance at the Opera House Wednesday night.
Kimock has a great deal of experience from which to draw, musical and otherwise. At 60 years of age he said he’s been experimenting with music and guitar for nearly 45 of those years spawning innumerable albums. He started playing music as a young teen and attributes his musical longevity and success to perseverance above all else.
Currently, Kimock is on the road promoting his latest musical endeavors and touring the country. His most recent album-Last Danger of Frost-takes inspiration from sources myriad and diverse. For that reason, he faced some difficulty pinning down individual sources of inspiration though cross national influences came up often; from Portuguese music, to Japanese inspirations, and traditional Irish stylings, his sources are varied indeed. His influences span multiple American influences too from band-mate Bobby Vega to Blues performer Freddy King.
At times, Last Danger of Frost can be highly conceptual and no song on the album better exemplifies concept taking the lead more than The Artist Dies and Goes to Hell. In it, the guitar competes with the white noise of an inattentive crowd signaling perhaps the artist’s worst nightmare-being relocated to the background, generally ignored or “reduced to audio wallpaper,” as Kimock put it.
Most of the album, however, places the music front and center with sounds contemplative, hopeful for the future, and reminiscent of the past. The genre is a bit difficult to place being a fusion of sorts between psychedelic rock and more traditional acoustic influences accompanied by experimental electrics. Nature is present in the album, and Kimock mentioned previous attempts to replicate sounds that exist in the natural world through instrumental experimentation.
Another song of note, Surely This Day, evokes recollections of the guitar work found in Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. The intended inspiration for the song, however, stems from time Kimock spent with his kids, watching them grow up.
The album’s title refers to the changing of seasons-particularly the latter days of winter. One day as winter was ending and frost still clung to the ground, he came up with the titular impression Last Day of Frost and it stuck with him well into the production of this most recent album.
Last Day of Frost is available via Itunes and through multiple sources online. Kimock wants to thank his supporters and asks that any interested parties follow his goings-on with Pledge Music.