CAVEAT CAVEAT CAVEAT
(yes, the title is a play on words)
THIS IS NOT AN ALBUM. THESE ARE NOT SONGS.
[Am I being clear enough? If that scares you, I get it. If you're coming here seeking to judge me on the craft of my songwriting, go have a listen to the record called Long Arc, an acoustic duo record I made with Heather Christian. It's also on my Bandcamp page]
That said, I present you with Caveat Emperor. It's 4 improvisations that I recorded April 2 & 3, 2017. Nothing more, nothing less. It's RAW. It's a peek behind the curtain at my very unhinged brain. The last few months I've spent a lot of time on the guitar working to further my quest to connect a lot of dots, tie things together, and codify musical ideas I have been working on for the last 15ish years in terms of approaching the guitar and improvisation.
The number of "mistakes" or "blemishes" or "imperfections" here are MANIFOLD (and frankly, at times laughable). I'm not presenting fully thought out ideas, or songs, or even half songs, and the execution here is ... at times shaky. Two days before making these recordings, I acquired a recording interface. A day after that, I bought Logic (recording software). These recordings are really what happened the first time I plugged my guitar (and a few effects pedals) into that to test things out. To wit, there is ZERO ENGINEERING here. No editing whatsoever, no EQ'ing, nada. This isn't for a high-fi experience. You're listening on Apple Earbuds or laptop speakers anyhow - fair trade, yeah? [But check out these Heather Christian records for hi-fi: Summer 3.4 + Cabinet]
This is just me, a guitar and a few effects pedals. All live, no edits or overdubs.
Despite all that, I humbly submit that these vignettes represent a turning point for me on the guitar. It's a little peek at where I'm going, with the CAVEAT that... I'm letting you in on recordings that I had *zero intention* of sharing with anyone while I was making them. I'd been sick/bedridden for a week and hadn't played any guitar, and Sunday night I pulled myself out of bed when the final cable that connects my new recording interface to my laptop showed up at my door.
I think there's some value and vibe here though. It's a flaming arrow shot across the bow.
FINALLY, I consider this release as a function of a digital musical tip jar - there are plenty of amazing albums available at the same price on Bandcamp (see some of them on my collection page, y'all), but this is your opportunity to literally buy me a beer (or more likely, guitar strings) in support of my upcoming works.
(...which, by the way, I think there's about 150 songs I've written in the last 6 months that I'm working on. So expect a lot more soon.)
[PS read the read track notes and lyrics sections. I'll know if you put in the effort to find the links I hid for you. Hit me up for further discussion.]
released April 5, 2017
Sasha Brown - guitar
Recorded April 2-3, 2017
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