Singer-songwriter and visual artist Mark Cote's new album, Fun House Of Your Mind, came in at #1 on the Internet Radio Airplay Charts for Roots Rock on the Roots Music Report the week ofOctober 5th, and has been in the top five multiple times since its release on May 8th, 2012. The album, produced and mixed by veteran record producer Michael Frondelli (credits include albums with Crowded House, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Idol, and Danny Elfman), features eleven tracks which converge to create a colorful palette, luring the listener inside a nocturnal, visual world.
Fun House Of Your Mind integrates pre-rock styles such as blues, jazz, and Vaudeville, with the breezy pop melodicism of late '60's-era Beatles. Cote's understanding of visual arts and desire to explore hidden meanings within has allowed him to create a truly unique visual, musical experience. In his five star review, Robert Bartosh of Radio Submit stated, "Mark Cote has got to be one of the best songwriters to ever put pencil lead on paper ... This album has such diversity and originality that it musically demands the listener play it over and over again."
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Cote's parents were very conscious about exposing him to all forms of art as a form of personal expression. "There was always music in the house," he states. "From the moment I was walking upright, I was either singing along to my parents' record collection or getting my hands wet with paint, creating artwork."
Mark Cote's songs, distinguished by his vivid lyrics, playful sense of irony, catchy melodicism and distinct vocal style have been featured in both television and film, and continue to help define the ever-broadening and diverse landscape of pop music today.
In addition to his musical ability, Cote's talents as a visual artist are in full view within his whimsical, original illustrations that accompany the lyrics in the CD's booklet. "I always think of music in visual terms," says Cote. "For better or worse, I think we all have a virtual Coney Island fun house in our heads, which is what inspired the concept for this album."
Fun House Of Your Mind is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
For more information, www.markcote.com