Seattle area media artist James Gerde has been super active for a bit but especially over the last 12 months or so. From having a Covid-19 image series featured by KIRO, work being featured in The Stranger, the gorgeous “Entity“ video, the man has been at it. But he is also a talented MC as well and just dropped his second release of 2020 with Midnite. The effort is a six-track contemplation of introspection and quiet motivation in a year where many of us have also been in similar frames of mind.
Midnite is produced entirely by JTMellow who brings an ultra-chill vibe across the project allowing Gerde and his guests a comfortable space to reflect in. Its therapy without the couch or $200 an hour psychologist premiums and brings out the best in all involved. The lone exception to the tone is the quasi-spiritual feel of the final track “The Pirate King” (featuring Just Marshall and Chris King.)