It's turning out that Zach Tipton, the man behind the "apocalyptic pop" of I Am the Dot is not only crazy talented but somewhat prolific. His debut self-titled EP just came out November 4 and here, on the very first day of December, he's released another one. This new release isRare Creatures
, a theme EP about people who've had unusual experiences. We'll let Zach explain the concepts behind the songs:
"Double Vision" is about a Japanese man who was hit both atomic bombs at the end of WWII. After Hiroshima, he went to Nagasaki a few days later to see his family.
"Tunnel of Love" is inspired by a woman in the Middle East who fell in love with a man from another country. Before she was jailed for wanting to leave the country, she escaped by crawling through a twenty mile underground tunnel to reach safety and be with her soon-to-be husband.
"Struck" is partially born from the story of the Guinness World Record holder for the person who has been struck by lightning more than anyone (7). He was never seriously injured from the strikes, but he ended up committing suicide when a woman, thinking he was bad luck, refused to be with him.
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The songs that result from those high concepts are all beautiful and haunting, especially "Tunnel of Love," which is the early standout. You can get the EP in a variety of high-quality formats for whatever you'd like to pay (minimum $1) at the EP's Bandcamp page. Technically, you can also download a lower quality version for free from the I Am the Dot MusicFloss site, but a bug prevented us from being able to do so when we tried. Besides, don't be cheap now -- not only is it the season of giving, but as Tipton says, "Remember: the more you donate, the more frequently I get to give away music!" I think we can all agree that's a good cause.