Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds is more than just an iPhone app. Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds provides an interactive album experience that fuses visual arts with auditory ones. The app was designed and developed by Warren Charles Entertainment / 504 Apps.
But this Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds app isn’t just about visuals and sound: there’s also a game component. You can play 4 original games based on songs from the album. There’s the “Forever Hold My Peace” game, where players must dodge the wedding party and steal a bride. There’s also a memory/hidden object game, a drum machine, and a cool title where you drag, tilt, blow, and stack leaves as part of the “Leaving” game.
User can tap the flashing areas in the cover art to explore the app, or simply tap on the sun in order to start listening to the album. The “sun” in question is a glowing orb placed over a man’s face, in what I assume to be an homage to the famous Rene Magritte painting “The Son of Man.”
The music itself is fun, pop-influenced rock. The vocals are smooth, controlled, and personable…perhaps a bit reminiscent of Jason Robert Brown or Ben Folds. The “tape deck” you use to play each audio track is a nice touch, made all the nicer for its cute sound effects.
Some of the best tracks include the wonderfully brassy, retro-influenced “Weapon of Choice,” the percussion and piano-driven earworm “My Moment of Weakness,” and the track “Programmable Compatibility,” which has echoes of the melodic tendencies of both the Kaiser Chiefs and Fictionplane.
For just $1.99, you get a ton of great music and some truly excellent distractions. If you like what you hear, check out Warren Charles’ events on facebook to find out about upcoming shows in the Los Angeles area.
I wish I lived in the LA area: after downloading this app, I’m a Warren Charles fan. Check out Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds as soon as you can.
Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.