Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Freebie: Blake Girndt - Just Rattlesnakes

Writing, recording, and releasing a new album during the RPM Challenge is an impressive feat. Being a part of two RPM Challenge albums is a crazy goal. But to be a part of writing, recording, and releasing three separate albums? Blake Girndt deserves some kind of award. He is a member of blog favorite Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys who just released THE CUTTING HORSE, and just released Lady Jane Grey's Wholesome Ritual with Death and The Poetess. (He's also a member of The I Want You, in case you're keeping score.) If three other musical projects weren't enough, it's time for him to release a solo album, Just Rattlesnakes. The album is a standard solo singer/songwriter project, but through the lens of someone who also plays with Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys. You get a blend of Lou Barlow's solo acoustic work, Daniel Johnston, and Jay Bennett. The songs seem to cycle through varying levels of straightforward and quirky while never committing fully to either. 

Girndt describes his recording process: "This is an album of performance. There are no edits on this album. Everything was recorded like it was a tape machine. So no fancy splicing, auto-tune, or digital trickery. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with those methods, but I've explored them thoroughly and wanted the satisfaction of creating something raw that suited my quirkiness."

You can listen to "Everything and Nothing" below. Just Rattlesnakes is available for the name your price option via Bandcamp.

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