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Nectar from the Milk Lion (2011)

Inspired by the search for the "creative habit," Nectar from the Milk Lion is an aural journey across musical genres and themes. Each piece hints at a greater story of the Lion, which is the common theme, while individual pieces' meanings remain subtle. In her most ambitious work, Tella produces a raw, honest album all done in the span of the one-month RPM Challenge, all in her living room, all by herself.

Orange Sun (2012)

A cross-genre album celebrating spontaneous ideas and songwriting. There are themes of mortality and sin, frivolity and darkness.

tiny awakening (2013)

In this, the third installment of the RPM Challenge series, Tella shows that she is just getting started. A more focused, cohesive approach to this collection, the theme deals with the idea of finding happiness in the second of a daydream, or in the sustain of a chord.

Interstice (2016)

Interstice is Tella's fourth RPM Challenge album. This work was inspired by a sense of space. Not necessarily the physicality of a space, but rather the air and energy around and within a space.

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Peter White

George W. Nugent

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Tella

BIOGRAPHY

Tella is a musician living and working in New York City. Through the years, she has worked with many talented musicians and played in a few bands in and around the city. Before that, she lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 2010, she and her college bandmates, Sigmund Blue [www.sigmundblue.com] released an album free online. The album was produced digitally by sending tracks back and forth, as the members all live across the country. The band released their third album in 2013, called, "The 8 Deaths of Delphinium Gardner," which is in the style of classic Prog concept albums of the 70s. This is her fourth year to participate in the RPM Challenge. She is looking forward to many Challenges to come.

BAND MEMBERS
Brandi Parker

YEARS COMPLETED
2011,2012,2013,2016

GENRES
Indie Rock

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.soundcloud.com/tellabrandi/sets
http://www.tellamusic.com
http://www.sigmundblue.com


Completed Albums

Nectar from the Milk Lion(2011)

Inspired by the search for the "creative habit," Nectar from the Milk Lion is an aural journey across musical genres and themes. Each piece hints at a greater story of the Lion, which is the common theme, while individual pieces' meanings remain subtle. In her most ambitious work, Tella produces a raw, honest album all done in the span of the one-month RPM Challenge, all in her living room, all by herself.


Maracas
Paint Chips
Stereotype
Hallways   (preferred)
Nectar from the Milk Lion
From the Origin
Leisurely Moonwalk
25th Century Starfish Lullaby
Tiny Cute Music in a Windstorm
Shield

Orange Sun(2012)

A cross-genre album celebrating spontaneous ideas and songwriting. There are themes of mortality and sin, frivolity and darkness.


Separated
Bound Beat Escape
Cheap Philosophy
You Want Buy
Orange Sun
High Score
Elephant Dance
Large Scale Moldy Bread
Conquered
Angel Wheres your Shotgun   (preferred)

tiny awakening(2013)

In this, the third installment of the RPM Challenge series, Tella shows that she is just getting started. A more focused, cohesive approach to this collection, the theme deals with the idea of finding happiness in the second of a daydream, or in the sustain of a chord.


(be my) Ballantine   (preferred)
History Repeats
Listen to the Animated Ground
World of Being (on the High Seas)
Masquerade
The Spectre is Aware
Surrounded
Stars in Queens
Walkabout
Finally Free

Interstice(2016)

Interstice is Tella's fourth RPM Challenge album. This work was inspired by a sense of space. Not necessarily the physicality of a space, but rather the air and energy around and within a space.


heaven is a motel
atomic girls
semantography   (preferred)
unity is plural
whitecoat whitecar trance
artificial death
tape.music.center.
roadside telephone booth
synthesized blue moon
sunday rainy drive interlude