FALLEN ACRES: World 1-1This material is a compilation of some older groups I was in, demos, and new solo stuff. This results in some incredibly diverse sounds, almost to a fault, over the course of the two discs. It is in mostly chronological order, so the development goes simultaneously with the listening experience.
It starts with my earliest material, recorded right after Stereovision broke up, deeply indebted to '80s post-punk such as Joy Division and The Cure. The icy, stark songs on the first third probably could've only been made in a northern state like Ohio. I did not know the first thing about what I was doing then, but I like the quirks that show up as a result of that. Then the sound kind of segues into my middle period with Freebium, wherein I became interested in Independent music of various styles. Bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral were big influences at this time. In this middle portion, the beat kicks in and the melancholy lets up, ever so slightly. By the end the listener is at the current sound I go for, more of a folk influence and strongly concentrated on songwriting. I never thought it would happen, but I somehow started to feel my roots at this point. I was also beginning to take from The Smiths' emotional directness during this period. By this final part of the album, the isolation and the insular feel reach new heights. It had been long since I'd had a band and it seemed like my entire world was that dark basement filled with various frightening insects where I recorded this.
There are many who will say this is too poorly recorded or too sad/dark. I can only say that the emotions in it are honest and heartfelt, and I could not play something less than that, because listeners are smart and they can see through it. It had to be done this way.
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2. Welcome To Hell
4. Ice Storm
9. Angels Strike Back
20. The Normals
21. Quarter-Life Crisis
24. Earliest Days
25. All Time Is Wasted