The NEW EP “If These Walls” is OUT now on Heart Dance Records !!!
“If These Walls” is out now !!! — + 2 Music Videos for “Bordertown Glows” & “Cliff House ::: and a mini-doc “Behind The Walls: The Story Behind If These Walls” ✨
Guitarist/singer-songwriter, Dallas David Ochoa, takes a side step away from the indie rock world and delves into the new age guitar realm with his latest collection of music, “If These Walls” - a 4 track instrumental EP released on Heart Dance Records (4/23/21)
Native Texan but now residing in Southern New Mexico, Dallas first fell in love with music at a young age through his parents’ record collection. “They’d put on everything from P-Funk to Don McClean, and I specifically remember hearing Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in its entirety at the end of every listening session. Funk beats, folky guitars, horror movie themes - I took it all in! I was the kid alone at Barnes & Noble on a Saturday night sifting through the CDs taking hours to decide which $20 film score to buy.”
Initially Dallas was influenced by the classic electric blues/rock players of the 70’s and 80’s but later adopted the acoustic guitar as his primary instrument after a musical revelation. “Early on I didn’t truly appreciate the power of the acoustic guitar until I discovered artists like Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews, and Kaki King. They were putting out more energy with one acoustic than the heavier bands I was into at the time. From percussive dissonance to delicate nuance, the acoustic guitar seemed to check all the boxes and I was hooked! The acoustic guitar has directly shaped my sound, style, and the overall way that I create music.”
On “If These Walls” Dallas explores the more textural, ambient, and lyrical spaces of the acoustic guitar with light electric bass and electronic flourishes throughout. With production duties in the hands of internationally acclaimed Cass Anawaty, these tracks are transcendent ear candy. Cass and Dallas have an over 10 year history of collaboration – from first meeting in the indie scene of Portland, OR and forming a power trio (Dallas Ochoa Trio) to now releasing a contemporary instrumental record. It truly is an exciting story to watch unfold.
The tracks on “If These Walls” were inspired by the many legends, ghost stories, and myths from some of the more note-worthy locales Dallas has come across in his travels. “I want these songs to evoke the feeling you get when you walk through an old hotel drenched in history, or the comforting chill you get on a deserted beach blanketed in so much fog that you can’t tell where the ocean ends or where the sky begins. I hope it’s a calming soundtrack on your stroll passed an abandoned weather worn gristmill or to the oasis of your mind.”