Heads up, music thieves. We’ve got a orchestral rock track for ya from Denver’s Princess Music.
Tyler Ludwick is what you would call a “serious musician.” He doesn’t play music to get chicks or pass time. He composes and performs music because he has to, and the process for him is all-consuming. The songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for Princess Music, who also is a member of the lauded Denver band Bad Weather California, hasn’t always had confidence as a composer. Though he picked up the guitar at 9 years old and spent three semesters studying classical guitar at a conservatory, he says he didn’t write his first song until 22 and did so at the encouragement of friends. It’s this humility combined with shear talent that informs the vulnerable, delicate sound of Princess Music, even as he rocks out on “Sprinkler,” available for download below.
“Sprinkler” is the first single on the eight-track LP “Odobenidae,” which will be available for streaming tomorrow and for purchase on Sept. 3. Ludwick’s process for writing this album is somewhat unique. He was traveling through Iceland when he began composing the songs, and upon returning stateside committed the songs to paper before ever hearing a note. One imagines a reclusive Ludwick in a dark, northern latitude, mulling over the plight of the walrus, the sole remaining member of the family of odobenidae. But that may not be the scene; this is not entirely dark music. It’s music with hope in an existential struggle.
Just as Ludwick’s peers encourage him to find the courage to compose, a broader group supported the production of this record: The band raised over $10,000 in Kickstarter contributions to produce it. One must assume some of this funding comes from Colorado fans, but Princess Music has a far broader fanbase in Europe. Add to all this a successful live debut that featured a 17-piece orchestra — remember: they are playing music he originally composed on paper — and all insecurities should be quashed, leading the way for more brilliant compositions to come.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.