Voice In The Attic: “Thought” – The meaning of art in the era of global consumerism

I don’t think Voice In The Attic gets the credit that he deserves. His sensitive and sensible lyrics hit you like Bon Iver’s does, and his guitar playing takes the John Martyn stylized picking to a whole new level. Each of his songs offers up a new adventure. There is usually a time and a place for each type of music, but Voice In The Attic’s music can be played in almost any setting because it appeals to a wide range of emotions and a refined intellect. Time and time again I have also found myself tapping my foot and bobbing my head to a song by Voice In The Attic, which means he can simply appeal to your rhythmical senses too, when you feel like taking off your thinking cap once in a while.

This time around, on his latest single “Thought”, as the title implies, you would be best advised to leave your thinking cap on.  This track brings forth an abundance of emotions and thought processes as you listen to it.

You will feel the weight of the lyrics, as they descend heavily upon your conscience, with Voice In The Attic’s despairing, disconsolate and disillusioned queries on modern society – which is hardly the effect that most songs can have in less than 4 minutes.

The underlying energy in this track is contagious, and after the first time listening, you will find yourself obsessing over Voice In The Attic’s beautiful, yet melancholic and original sound.

His voice is able to carry a load of woe, as he conveys his feelings in tones and inflections that penetrate the listener. Voice In The Attic is concerned about the state and meaning of art in the era of global consumerism.

His thoughts also refer to the social singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s and 70s which proved that there can be “poetry in music”—meaning poetry as metaphorical abstraction that helps put things in perspective. “I thought there was more / I thought we were taller / I thought there was poetry in music,” he sings, continuing through the bridge: “And dance in song / And vision in thought / Vision in thought.”

Which brings us back to the central theme, and the question Voice In The Attic is asking: “Do the arts still affect us or have they become some sort of background noise to global consumerism?”

A talented musician and a strong songwriter, Voice In The Attic’s songs individually and/or in a collective sequence, create an atmosphere that is fulfilling and thought-provoking without seeming contrived or pretentious.

It’s easy to understand why he has yet to break big, his eclectic talents just don’t fall inside the defined clichéd boxes the music industry marketing machines like. “Thought” was written by BC Bogey aka Voice In The Attic, recorded in Cologne and Los Angeles, mixed by Craig Durrance and mastered by Bernie Grundman.


Bernie Grundman masters VOICE IN THE ATTIC from BC Bogey on Vimeo.

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