With great pride and pleasure Iâ€™m releasing my sixth general fuzz album, â€śmiles tonesâ€ť. As always, itâ€™s available as a free download.
Its been over three years since my last release, and during that time I became a grown up. My 1.5 year old son now takes center stage in my life. There are many musical references in this album reflecting the anticipation, arrival, and development of my son during the past few years.
I was lucky enough to work a whole mess of truly amazing musicians in past couple years. It was an absolute honor to have Audio Angel, Josh Clark (the guitarist Tea Leaf Green, a band I have seen 20+ times), Ryan Avery, Phoebe Jevtovic Alexander, Jesse Ivry, Emiel StĂ¶pler, Shakiban, Peter Medland, and Ryan Hughes in my â€śstudioâ€ť. Iâ€™m particularly grateful to Ryan Avery, a stellar violinist and electronic music composer, who generously came over to my studio many times to help flush out some tracks. If you dig my music, you should definitely check out his â€“ its in a similar vein to mine.
I decided not to make any CDs for this release, since its wasteful, expensive, and, really, its sorta pointless in this day and age. Iâ€™m always very grateful for donations, and the money always goes directly back into my music. Iâ€™ve added 4 awesome new â€ślockedâ€ť bonus tracks to my website. If you send me a donation, and Iâ€™ll send you all 7 locked tracks. Itâ€™s like a whole bonus general fuzz EP. I also built a â€śsong unlockerâ€ť on my website to incentivize folks to spread my music on the internets. If you simply post my website anywhere on the internet (facebook, twitter, google+, blog, etc), let me know, and Iâ€™ll unlock a bunch of tracks for you.
Many thanks to Chris Brown, Nora Barrows-Friedman, Dave SG, and of course my incredible supportive wifey, Stiners â€śthe pantsâ€ť McGee.
The album art was a photo taken by Sophie Thouvenin.
I do very much hope you enjoy this release. Feedback of all kind is always welcome.
Thanks so much for listening.
first steps: Audio Angel on vocals, Shakiban on guitar
the jam: Josh Clark on guitar, Ryan Avery on violin, Emiel Stopler on guitar, JP Cutler on guitar
return value: Phoebe Jevtovic Alexander on vocals, Audio Angel on vocals
capital yes: Emiel Stopler on guitar
solice: Ryan Avery on violin
the arrival: Shakiban on guitar
the gorge: Phoebe Jevtovic Alexander on vocals
slow march: Peter Medland on trumpet, Jessie Ivry on cello, Ryan Avery on violin
dragonfly: Jessie Ivry on cello
Cover art by Sophie Thouvenin
This album turned out to be sort of a companion album to â€śsoulful fillingâ€ť. It has that same mellow vibe and melodic sensibility. Iâ€™ve decided to attempt to release albums with a more consistent vibe, so all my latest mellow tracks ended up on this one. As a result, the next album will have significantly more bump to it.