After years of playing guitar and writing songs, I finally got my act together and recorded a proper album. Left and Right is a five song EP of psych-folk/electro-pop recorded in various bedrooms over the last year. While I've released a few electronic albums under various names (Tactical Lisp, Warriorz of Virtue, and Errands) and two hip hop albums with my old band Mammox, this is my first release as a solo singer-songwriter (albeit with an army of layers behind my voice and my acoustic guitar). It represents my first attempt at melding my eclectic and often contradictory musical interests/obsessions - songwriting, beat-making, synthesis, side-chain compression, reversing recordings of metal tubing resonances, etc. - so naturally it means a lot to me. And thematically this is an album about contrast and dichotomies: left and right, this and that, here and there, loud and soft, acoustic and electric, expression and repression, control and chaos, sanity and psychosis. Ideally, the listener will end up dancing and scratching their head at the same time. I would greatly appreciate if you took twenty-one minutes and thirty-six seconds of your time to listen to the album in its entirety.
Thank you to all my friends, family, and teachers who have inspired and encouraged me over the years. And a special thank you to my late great-uncle Harvey Edwards who donated the incredible microphone that made this recording possible. This album is for all of you.
If my songs gets you super stoked, please do tell your friends. And tell your friends who are super stoked that I want to be friends with them.
released 07 September 2012
All instruments and vocals performed by Nate Belasco, except on "New Religion" which features backing vocals by Dan Gilbert and Tegan Walsh, and spoken word by Jorge De La Torre and Jason Tarkington.
Recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Nate Belasco
Album Art by Leni Fried (lenifriedprintmaking.com
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