Vaguely sinister ambient. Twelve string plus keys
In the event of encountering wild foxes be encountered in the mountains (see yt vid), my repertoire now includes a tune for them.
Electronics with some guitars that really need to be re-recorded but this had already taken too much time. [more inside]
Spanish guitar plus electronics
Trying out a new piece of gear, the Roland AD-10 which I used on the acoustic guitar and double bass [more inside]
If you listen closely the five tones from Close Encounters of the Third Kind are almost in there.
Very pleased with how the key change at 1:30ish, just before the synthflute comes in, worked out
Slower, shorter and synthed up version of Cascade
The usual. Perhaps slightly more menacing.
short/minimal arrangement of a handful of acoustic samples [more inside]
Solo Spanish guitar
Clunky bluesy picking on a Spanish guitar for the first minute and then it opens up a lot.
Fast guitar, keys.
Dark sibling to my global smash hit Goldenhill
It's a graptolites thing. Lots of guitars. Lots of effects. Some keys. All the rules broken.
More ambient guitar noodlings.
With apologies to OMD.
Part 1 of my epic, 3-song, 6-part, piano odyssey, Naturelles 7 8 9.
Played on a plank with some taut wires
Acoustic demo of a song that's supposed to be a lot louder and noisier and uhh drummier. Written last night, recorded in my living room this morning. Take your meds, loves
Twelve string acoustic miniature again!
12 String etc
12 string recorded on a phone as usual
A bad omens country song with my lowest drawly early morning vocals ever and a cool slippery guitar riff in the chorus. [more inside]
12 string acoustic etc
I came out as trans to my partner of 20 years and she ended our marriage and I'm a wreck of a human being and anyway here's a song
Guitar, phone, still a bit clumsy.
A somber tale of aquatic horrors. [more inside]
Sort of a low-fi midwestern rock thing. [more inside]
I bought an old Steinway upright recently, on which I've been making pieces like this, which I call "naturelles." Three more naturelles on Bandcamp, here: https://raygull.bandcamp.com/album/naturelles-1-4 [more inside]
Just stretching the muscles, keeping loose, don't wanna get too rusty ya know... [more inside]
Had a homie on the last goat farm who asked me to write her a song about bouncing around the country taking care of goats and green things, asked me to call it "Hard Out Here for a Nomad" but that is not the name of this song, the name of this song is "The Wandering Life Is A Difficult One, But It Is Not Without Its Pleasures; For Example, Today I Saw A Cardinal." [more inside]
Another post, another Sunday....
Another request from my three-year-old grandson, this is Elle King's "The Let Go." Video.
somehow managed to write this today and then record a million takes of it on my front porch. chords are far apart, words are close together — pretty difficult for me to sing but we're getting there
A song about struggling with mental health, written and recorded in my bedroom this weekend. Some explicit lyrics.
The events in Washington DC on January 6 compelled me to write this one. I took Woody Guthrie's chorus and ran with it. You can see the video of this performance at YouTube. Cheers. [more inside]
This moving song by Mary Gauthier is one of my favorites. Everyone needs mercy. Video.
pop song with a train beat feel [more inside]
I've been listening to this song a lot recently, and admire Russell's sort of ambiguity. Featuring authentic San Francisco rain and street noise.
It's about as much fun as you'd imagine it would be. March 2020. [more inside]
Just wrote this today, very much informed by our current situation. Lyrics in the bridge borrowed/stolen wholesale from Joy Division's "Transmission." Recorded on my bathroom floor into my Tascam DR100's built-in mics. Who will he answer to?
A brand new song from our forthcoming album "Riches to Rags", which we're released today as part of our special Social Distance release on Bandcamp. [more inside]
Restless and pissed off over the covid-19 situation, and powerless to do much about it, I set up a mic (and a camera) on my porch after I put my kid to bed and recorded this song I wrote about civil disobedience. You got the stones for crime. It's about time.
I wrote a little tune about that darn microscopic critter the whole world is talking about. I made a little video for it, too. If you wanna see it, it's here. Put it on Bandcamp as well, just for good measure, as an AIF file, which of course I'd be delighted if you bought for a buck. Or more. Cause all my damn gigs are cancelled lately. [more inside]
You know how you were thinking the other day "I really love Nine Inch Nails, but I'd really love Nine Inch Nails if they were Sufjan Stevens" Yeah, me too. Also for the first time shot video as I was recording.
A hushed but nonetheless exuberant take on a very good song from They Might Be Giants' album "Flood," recorded at my kitchen table [more inside]
Recently met a dog with a mighty fine behind. [more inside]