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The Overdubs

I ran a search on the hype machine, and the results looked like this:
"No blog tracks found for: overdubs :("

Lo-fi folk can be as terrifying as it is sweet - terrifying because there's no shroud of auditory complexity between singer and listener, terrifying because there's a certain forced intimacy in listening to lo-fi folk, like being stuck in an elevator with a guy (in this case) and his guitar.

The Overdubs' Ryan Townsend seems particularly aware of the risks he's taken musically - for him the first time around was a journey in soullessness, quickly thrown away. This time the result of his musical soul-baring has yielded strong results, concerned with sickness and facing death (the subject of "Trying Bravery"). The simplicity of his voice and relative lucidity of his lyrics can make the first listen awkward, like sitting next to a stranger who's just a little too close. It's worth a second listen, a third - because then it's not a stranger anymore, and the closeness is suddenly poignant, reaching into something quiet and unspoken until now.

The Overdubs - Trying Bravery
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The Overdubs - Orange County [alt link]
Buy Here is Where We Are from CD Baby
The Overdubs' Website/Myspace

If you live around Fresno, CA you can catch the Overdubs live - some dates here.

BONUS: The Long Winters - Pushover (Daytrotter session)

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4 Responses to “The Overdubs”

  1. # Blogger Charles

    woohoo :) we're happy to see Overdubs on hype machine too! i was just doing the "listen option" and saw overdubs come up. looking forward to the show this Friday in Davis.
    -charles / Shayna and the Bulldog  

  2. # Anonymous Lost in transit

    Sweet ....the overdubs...yeah check them out on Friday in Davis they also have a show in Fresno at the Sequoia Brewing company in Sept. check out their site or their myspace for dates  

  3. # Blogger Kate

    thanks for the info.  

  4. # Anonymous tim

    im glad to see people finally noticing the overdubs.  

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