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Abriel Peralta's sound advice 

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Abriel Peralta is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter originally from Junction City, Kansas. In the spring of 2017, he teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Brennan Edwards and engineer Schylar Woods to record his debut EP, Hieroglyphs Around the Moon. The three would work together again on Abriel’s latest single, “A Blood Red Wave,” which is featured on the This Is CO Local, Vol. 2 compilation released earlier this year. You can catch Peralta at Art 111’s upcoming music and poetry showcase on Saturday, April 13.

Essential Saturday night listening: Failure’s 1996 album Fantastic Planet definitely comes to mind. Their songs “Saturday Savior,” “Blank,” “Solaris” and “Another Space Song” remain as pillars in my mind. It is my go-to album on a Saturday night by myself.

Essential Sunday morning listening: I begin with songs from artists like The Beatles, Etta James, The Temptations, Willie Nelson, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles. At a very young age, I remember waking up to my mom playing classics by these artists. Her love for the music of her time has always been a positive influence on me.

First record I bought with my own money: Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins. I found it at a young age, right before I started learning how to play the drums. As an artist striving to find my own voice, Siamese Dream would go on to be one of the more influential albums on me for a long time to come. “Mayonaise” is my favorite song on the album.

“Wish I’d written that” song: I would say I wish I’d written the song “Dig” by Incubus, off their 2006 album Light Grenades. Brandon Boyd’s lyrical work has always spoken to me as an artist. “If I turn into another / dig me up from under what is covering the better part of me.” This song is about friendship. It is about looking through the ugliness of someone you love. A reality check from your best friend.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: Backstreet Boys’ “As Long as You Love Me.” I understand the nostalgia of this type of music, but it gets stuck in my head way too easily. I find myself wanting to rinse my eardrums with acidified acetone.

Bands more people should know about: My friends in Castele have been putting in a lot of hard work lately. I recommend listening to their latest single “Witch’s Flower.” Gabriel [TerKeurst’s] lyrics, vocal melody and use of imagery are swift and methodical. As an entire band, their composition and instrumentation are some of my favorite that I have heard come out of Colorado Springs.

Guilty Pleasure: A song from 1989 called “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown, a former member of ‘80s R&B group New Edition. Some of my favorite memories growing up were watching classic movies on repeat with my younger brother, and “On Our Own” is the theme song to one of our favorites.

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