Minibar, now on indefinite hiatus, may have struggled to find an audience. Yet Simon Petty, the band's frontman, hasn't lost his desire to share his muse with those who'll listen. Like that other Petty, Simon won't back down. He's resurfaced as a solo act known as Solomon's Seal. When I first heard the name, I thought of one of pop's great-misheard lyrics--the Go-Go's 1981 hit "Our Lips Are Sealed" as "Alex the seal." But I think Petty had something deeper in mind that has nothing to do with the marine mammal or Heidi Klum's pop-star husband. He more likely was inspired by the symbol used in ancient Islam to ward off evil spirits, the plant known for its healing characteristics, or perhaps the 1972 album by British folk group Pentagle, which sports that moniker as its title. Whatever the case, it's an interesting handle that seemingly suits Petty's dreamy acoustic pop. Check out the video, by Animate The Rabbit, for "Sleeping In The Car" below and see if you don't agree. If you dig the track, feel free to right click on the link below and hit "save as" to add the song to your digital library.Gingersol member Seth Rothschild, was recorded in Denton, Texas and Brooklyn, New York. An Iris Murdock novel, about a man who is overcome with strange obsessions after retreating to a beach house to pen his memoirs, inspired its title. Petty has called the sea, "a soulful place, a place of healing that I find myself returning to," and noted that "subconsciously it became a recurring theme" of the album. I've yet to hear the entire set, but based "Sleeping In The Car" and Petty's past work with Minibar, I think it's well worth checking out. How about you?
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Minibar were primed for big things. The Americana-leaning act signed to Universal and Grammy-winner T-Bone Burnett produced Road Movies, its 2001 album. But as it often happens in the music business, the album didn't meet sales expectations and band was dropped. Undaunted, Minibar resurfaced on an indie label to release the appropriately titled Fly Below The Radar in 2003, and Desert After Rain in 2006. It even spent a few years serving as Pete Yorn's backing band on tour, but its following never broke beyond an enthusiastic cult.