Like the blast of a/c on a hot summer day: nasal, off key vocals, a chorus melody ripped off from "Barbie and the Rockers," and it is all over before you can decide that it is the worst thing you have ever heard in your life. Kisses!
A dancey synthpop song about the romances of hipsters.
Another acoustic living room demo, same lineup as last one. This is an original, inspired by the way the my timing seemed to be so screwed up back in my single days. I'd get a crush on someone who didn't know I existed. Then, sometime later, they'd be interested in me... but I was already over them. Someday I want to record this with a cello in the arrangement.
Can't have a day with only one post to MuFi! This is from the 48 Hour Project; I spent two days in January holed up writing and recording an EPs-worth of songs that would later become the foundation for my current band. It was cold and tiring and fun...
A little muted trumpet, a little harp, a little harmonies and a lot of existential angst
This one is really lo-fi as I don't have the master tape and it's a 21 year old rough demo -- and I do mean rough. :) Recorded Spring 1985 in dorm room A-1016, The Evergreen State College. (More inside.)
Un-seasonal uplifting powerpop from Farrah.
This is a Red On Strike recording from about 6 years ago, and features a great live intro from Red...
Semi-acoustic cover of "Mrs. Green" by the power pop band the Posies. This was done by a 3 piece band (two guitars, one bass) group I was in a while back. (We never could find a drummer, so...) I'm singing lead and also a back up part near the end. The other band members are Chris Otto and Terri Doherty. Chris did lead guitar, backing vocals, and some keys. Terri played bass. I think I did some random percussion and guitar strumming as well. (Please delete when/if covers are determined to be a problem here.)
A Neutral Milk Hotel cover, and the first studio recording with my new group. Coming soon to your town!
Another jangly new-wavey track from The Ghost of Mankind. Same session as the last one.
A song from a couple of years back which is still a favorite of mine. This one has heavier drums and more electric guitars than most of my tracks, but it's still a love song.
sultry love number in the Phrygian mode, with oboe d'amore, pedal steel, and vibes
"When our hearts crumble, sunlight filters through..." Three guitars, trumpet, sax, violin (me), vocal harmonies and rhythm section. My band Institut Polaire recorded this song in February 2006. While we're freezing down here now, we hope this poptastic postcard from Perth (Australia) can be part of a soundtrack for your northern summer.
a song from my old band, New Blind Nationals, really rockish.
A pretty catchy melody, I think -- starts slow like most of my songs, but then picks up and becomes more of a rock track. Sample lyric: "Sleeping with you is still fiction, so missing it must be a contradiction." Features vocals, guitars, piano, drums, strings.
The city outside your bedroom window doesn't care if you're lonely. I guess this song is about the feeling of hopelessness. Slightly more uptempo than my previously posted songs, this one features slide guitar, non-slide guitars, drums, piano, strings, and guest appearances by Riadsala (bass) and kerry and casio (background vocal).
A slow and sad song I wrote and recorded after a breakup/separation a few years ago. Features a falsetto chorus and acoustic guitar, including an e-bow undercurrent.
Cover of a John Vanderslice song about Requiem for a Dream.
Jangly post-punk (indie? rock? whatever.) from The Ghost of Mankind. Me on the drums, ridiculously hungover and half a beat behind. From an unreleased EP recorded in a warehouse in Greenpoint in 2003.
A quiet, pretty song about online dating. Features guitars, vocals, and pseudo-orchestral touches.
This is a song by The Forget about a fireworks factory blowing up and killing a bunch of people. Not that we're into that sort of thing.
Now that the summer's ending, there's a cold wind blowing in / So we've got to build some shelter, before it rains again
"In the dark she fakes another little death, and says she thinks that it'd be better if he left. With ashes floating on her breath, she lights another cigarette." Down-tempo alt-country with a cello. From Pocket Novel Mystery's "Eight Days in the Life of Grace."
This track is part 2 of a 23 minute mega mash up with a steady beat and some obscure samples. When I played this set live, I was happy to see people breakin' to it. Cool! http://www.albertoforero.com
Another song from our record, it's a quiet sad folky love song. I'm singing and playing the acoustic guitar.
This track is part 1 of a 23 minute mega mash up with a steady beat and some obscure samples. When I played this set live, I was happy to see people breakin' to it. Cool! http://www.albertoforero.com
A cluttered and messy rock song from our record Uh-Oh. I play guitar and sing in this band (and play the singing saw on this track!).
This is a song by my band, Institut Polaire.
Moody, deep and spacey. This is one of the first tracks I put together in Garageband going by my solo name "SysOp". I love the low bass notes that rattle the speakers. All original loops.
kind of an untraditional sea shanty about the end of the world and being thirsty. from my band pocket novel mystery's first full length, 8 days in the life of grace, which will finally be released (now that most of the original lineup has dissolved) on august 29th through our new record label, cloud 13 records.
Up until last fall I played guitar in a band here in the D.C. area called Cartel. (Later we changed our name to Cedars because of trademark issues.) This song was from our demo, which was recorded by Jason Caddell of the late, great Dismemberment Plan. I'm no longer in the band and they trudge on without me. But it was fun while it lasted -- we opened for some pretty cool bands such as Stellstarr*, Giant Drag, Sea Ray and Trash Can Sinatras. In case you're wondering, that's not a keyboard in the song, just my guitar and a pretty odd delay.
Late night drive, out of state...
Ooh, bop bop, ba-ooh, bop bop. All I know is the road and I love you.
Indie acoustic fock. Written and recorded some time in 2002. Sorry the vocal's a bit quiet.
The first protest song I've ever felt compelled to write for my band Pocket Novel Mystery. This is a rough draft, but we'll probably use this one on our next full-length, in one form or another.
A recent recording of a slow and maybe a little creepy song I wrote a couple of years ago. I'm responsible for all vocals and instruments minus the bass, which was recorded by my Scottish buddy Riadsala.
Acoustic demo about what I did during the Cold War.
Demo of a song about being far away from the spy you love. With acoustic guitar and tuba.
This snappy little track is from my band DIVISION OF PLANES.