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So here's the deal. . . I have two toddlers (Bronte Bley, age 3, and Nina Eames, 4) and I play guitar to keep them from getting out of their bed at night. I can't practice scales or anything, so I revert to playing my own songs, to keep them satisfied. This is how I write and workshop the music for my project Uncivilized. I am a slow "composer", and the works wouldn't happen if it weren't for these bedtime acoustic guitar sessions. (Also, no one wants to get together and rehearse during a global pandemic, so, once I can play the new music all together on the guitar, I record them at a studio — I'm no a bedroom recordist! — and put them out there to the world so that my band can learn them and so you can hear it too!) Now that Uncivilized is back playing every now and then, albeit with trepidation about the COVID risks, these solo guitar renditions have been very helpful for getting us all on the same page with the new material. They're like miniature sculptures or architectural models of how everything should go with a live band: structure, indeterminacy, and chaos are built into the arrangements, with the melodies floating around the ether as well. We're gonna play "Placebo World" at our upcoming triple-header of shows in Red Hook, Brooklyn—something we're calling the Uncivilisation Festival 2021 after a crazy eco-manifesto in England (www.uncivilisationfestival.com)—and I recorded it right before Hurricane Ida cut through NYC, so you can hear the raindrops in the background. Big thanks to new friend Gibson Jasper for having me over to his little home studio and offering some key mixes post-prod, and to the folks at SoundCloud for developing a decent, affordable mastering system called Thunder which you should all check out. I'm playing a '50s Silvertone Aristocrat Hollowbody guitar on the recording without a pick (I use my thumb exclusively). The artwork was graciously offered from the iconoclastic designer Dave Sellers, an image from the interior of his building "Temple Of Dindor", where I recently played a solo show in Vermont, and from whom I constantly find inspiration (his buildings at Goddard College are outrageous and totally singular: true sonic works.) Lastly, thanks to Dom Mekky, my partner CJ, and Alex Kirkpatrick for reviewing the track before it was submitted to distribution. Here's hoping we will see you at one of these upcoming shows, so you can hear us play this one exploded with a full-band Uncivilized vibe.
Uncivilized is a New York-based jazz collective headed by Tom Csatari. They first appeared in 2014 with a self-titled album
on Tiny Montgomery, returning with the Melted Candy EP in 2016. A string of singles and EPs lead up to their debut full-length in 2018, Uncivilized Plays Peaks. Their music is composed, but loose. It's a melodic and exuberant sound. ~ Sean Westergaard, AllMusic...more