January 22, 2013

Vic Mahfood

Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds (More Than Music) Watch. Play. Listen.

Developer Quote: "It's more than music, it's an interactive album experience. We invite you to explore Head in the Clouds, the new album from Los Angeles based rock quartet Warren Charles, and connect with the music in ways you've never imagined."

- COST:     Free     - APP STORE STARS:     5
- Categories: Arcade, Entertainment, Games, Lifestyle, Music

Listening to music can be a totally relaxing experience. Now, when you can interact with that music and be entertained at the same time, that is quite a unique experience! Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds (More Than Music) Watch. Play. Listen. is an amazing way to enjoy music from this album in style.

Before we go any further, let's explain that Warren Charles is an Indie pop-rock group from L.A., California. Brothers, Warren (Peter) and Charles (Lucas) have been writing melodies and playing music from childhood. Their work is showcased in this pretty outstanding app. There are fabulous graphics and cool techno stuff here with no creativity or imagination spared!

You'll find loads of activities you can take part in when playing with this app such as: a media player, lyric book, video player, social page and bonus gallery. With the media player you can actually stream songs straight from the Warren Charles site. The realistic media player is a cool gadget reminiscent of the olden days. Ah, but with this one, you tap, hold and slide to adjust the music controls! The lyric book lets you follow along each word in the song swiping to change pages, while enjoying the beautiful graphics that go along with it. The video player is a cool way of watching Warren Charles YouTube videos where you tap the paintbrushes to select videos, then watch them flow across the artist's canvas.

The social page lets you follow along with all the happenings going on at the Warren Charles site. The bonus gallery is all about getting to see behind the scene snaps and learn tidbits of info about the band's creation of Head in the Clouds. And the final bit of entertainment to really hook you on this music app are the 4 games which tie into songs from the album. Check out these unique features that make this iPhone rock band, music and interactive app so charming:

- Stream the entire album for free using the custom analog media player
- Play 4 original games based on songs from the album
- Dodge the wedding party and steal the bride in the "Forever Hold My Peace" game
- Test your memory and find hidden objects in the first of its kind memory photo hunt game
- Break through materials and jam along with the music using the "My Moment of Weakness" drum machine
- Drag, tilt, blow, and stack leaves inside the enchanting "Leaving" game
- Search the album artwork to access exciting app features
- Thumb through beautifully crafted pages of artwork in the lyric book and learn more about each song
- Watch exclusive content within the hand painted video player
- Browse behind the scenes photos from recording sessions and read fun facts about the band
- Discover hidden secrets and surprises throughout!

Launch Warren Charles, and you'll see a most unusual abstract picture. In fact, when you click on various items within this picture you'll be taken to the app's activities. From within each activity, just touch the top-hat to return to the main screen. Tap on the easel with TV, and enjoy some private collection Warren Charles videos. Tap the newspaper clipping, and you'll be rewarded with a Memory Photo Hunt game (hidden objects). The bride and groom pic will lead you to another game, Forever Hold My Peace, which is themed after the song of the same name where you've got to grab the bride. Touch the autumn leaves and enjoy the relaxing Leaving game where you drag and tilt leaves in patterns while listening to the accompanying music.

Tapping the brick building brings up photos and a bio of this industrious rock group. I'm saving the best till last though! My favorite part of this music app is touching the man with the umbrella (perhaps his head is in the clouds?) because an old fashioned music tape player is displayed for you to play with as though it were actually there. Tap the realistic Rewind, Play, Forward buttons, watch the track meter move, or tap the Lyrics book icon and the words will be instantly and creatively shown. There's so much more intrigue to Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds which you will come to discover one enchanting minute at a time!
COOL CONCLUSION: As far as creativity goes in discovering new music, Warren Charles: Head in the Clouds (More Than Music) Watch. Play. Listen. has got it just right blending music, stunning artwork and interaction in a perfect mix.
--Date/Version: Released 12/11/12 - Version 1.0
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 5.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Developer: Warren Charles Entertainment / 504 Apps
--Facebook: Warren Charles
--Twitter: @warrencharles1

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