Solo Guitar Loops 1

by Andrew Howie

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about

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people." - Anne Lamott

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After spending an inordinate amount of time over the last few years writing, re-writing, recording, re-recording, mixing, re-mixing (you get the idea) my last three albums to within an inch of their life, I recently felt the need to make music using a more efficient, less perfection-oriented approach.

From mid-April to mid-May 2017 I spent several hours a week playing improvised electric guitar through effects pedals (including a recently-purchased looper). Employing Anne Lamott's "shitty first drafts" approach, I recorded everything I played, giving myself the freedom and permission to make whatever music, noise and mistakes I felt like making. This 44-minute album is made up of my favourite loops recorded over that period.

Some of the tracks were improvised on-the-fly in one take. Others were second, third or fourth attempts. I tried not to spend too long on anything. There are no overdubs. Edits were kept to a minimum.

As I listen back, the perfectionist in me wants to fix mistakes, re-record, start over. But, to my ears, there's something inherent in these recordings that might be lost if I went down that road.

It probably goes without saying that this album sounds *very* different from both 'Lonely Hummingbird' and 'The Great Divide' - feel free to listen before you buy.

Lastly, anyone who buys the album from Bandcamp (or is a subscriber) will receive a free download code for a bonus 5-track, 25-minute EP of additional guitar loops recorded over the same period.

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"Keep the edges rough, the result rougher, and you get closer to the heart of it. Closer to the truth. That’s what Solo Guitar Loops 1 does."
- Tiny Mix Tapes ( www.tinymixtapes.com/chocolate-grinder/listen-andrew-howie-solo-guitar-loops-1 )

credits

released January 24, 2018

Written, played and recorded at home by Andrew Howie.

Equipment used:

Fender Squier Telecaster Custom
Boss TU-3
TC Electronic HOF MINI
Digitech Bass Driver
Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff
TC Electronic G Natural
TC Electronic Flashback X4
Boss SP-303
Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper
Orchid Electronics DI
Audient iD22
Orchid Amp Interface
Laney VC15 amplifier
Sennheiser e906 microphone

Cover photo & design by Andrew Howie.

Released on Autoclave Records. CLAVE022.

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Andrew Howie Stirling, UK

Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room. ... more

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