Nick Vote’s Wildernest A Beautifully Strange Surprise

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (December 1, 2020) – It has been unfortunately hard for artists everywhere recently, but many have taken the unpaid sabbatical from live shows as a time to really dig into creation. This has given the world tons of new music, but one of the albums that stands out to me most is Wildernest, a solo album released in May by Nick Vote of the amazing Jomberfox.

The very first track of Wildernest, “Lean In”, delivers as promised by immediately making the listener lean in closer to hear the beginning of this glorious album. “She Cleans the House” sweeps in next with noises reminiscent of war-time anxiety, but somehow the panic is immediately soothed by Vote’s hauntingly reassuring voice. The upbeat tempo, however, still carries a sense of urgency that sends you quickly sailing into song 3.
“Albuquerque” takes over the speakers next like a logical conversation that has come into the room to bring you a little bit back to the ground… the ground in Albuquerque.

Track four truly is a “Strange Surprise” as it comes in cradling you like an old lullaby that you can feel, but can’t quite place. The melody gently rocks the aural cradle like a breeze lightly blows on a relaxing spring day. Just as the tranquility of “Strange Surprise” has you a little almost too relaxed “Good Enough” comes in like a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning to ease you right back up.

Finally, “All I Need” comes on just like a beautiful beginning to a fairytale that you’re just not quite ready to reach the happy ending to yet. The song graciously lingers with a slow tempo, however, and at least somewhat satiates the longing that has already started to come from knowing you’re nearing the end. The 6 tracks to Nick Vote’s Wildernest go by all too fast, but thankfully there’s a Wildernest Pt. 11, and with any luck I’ll get another review done before the LSD wears off.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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