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East Coast New England Boy -- RIYL: shoegaze, prog, weird folk, song cycles
I dubbed the album's style "progressive shoegaze." It's wild to me for this record to be turning five this October, and by god I still feel like more people should have heard this thing. I even got some press for it at the time (below), but still it got lost in the shuffle of what we called "normal life." Maybe now in pandemic and post-pandemic times, folks may be more inclined to sit and take in a whole record. I dunno. I understand that this record didn't catch on because I don't abide by the cliches of shoegaze, prog, or folk, but like... c'mon man. My music isn't THAT bad. Either way, you can get it FOR FREE with the codes below.
"If Wilco had written Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in the proud grungy style of a 1990s Britpop band, it would sound a lot like this. ... These tracks are suspension bridges to somewhere else — gently bending, carefully built, and more solid than they first appear." -- Hunter Styles, Valley Advocate
"... truly a journey that must be experienced in its entirety. ... an impressive soundscape." -- Brian Varneke, The Deli Magazine
"... a listening experience that’s more of a rhythmic voyage than anything else. After you press play, you won’t be listening to the same kind of song twice. It’s refreshing during a time in music where a lot of artists can find themselves stuck in a formulaic rut." -- Rob Duguay, Motif
The Incidentals, Vol. 2 -- RIYL: instrumental rock, fun music, background music
I wrote these five tracks for my buddy's Twitch show, Modern Streamers League, which was a Magic: The Gathering tournament. I've had some struggles writing after putting out the exegesis that was/is East Coast New England Boy, and these little tunes helped me out. The best one here is "Maid Marion," because that groovy breakdown in the middle is fun. You wouldn't know it to listen to it, but the harmonized guitar bend in the middle part was actually inspired by Metallica's instrumental "Orion." So dig that. Meanwhile, "The Cincinnati Kid" is a driving electronic-based piece that sounds like it should be used for a montage on NOVA. "Mage in Exile" is a space western. "Magic Johnson" is a fairly rudimentary piece, and the one I composed first. Lastly, "Ifrit Rock" is a boneheaded stoner rock instrumental that was fun to work on. Anyway, here are the codes.
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