Flash | Finding the Light

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Finding the Light

by Flash

Melodic, guitar- and organ-driven hard rock performed by a one-man band exploring a theme: the fall and rise of a musician.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Zeitgeber
2:47 $0.99
2. On the Clock
4:07 $0.99
3. Violins
3:53 $0.99
4. Songs I Wrote in the '80s
3:51 $0.99
5. Flesh-Colored Skin
4:37 $0.99
6. Hell's House Band
4:06 $0.99
7. Last Year's Prayers
4:47 $0.99
8. Costumes
4:34 $0.99
9. Miles to Go
4:46 $0.99
10. Antidote
5:24 $0.99
11. Finding the Light
4:15 $0.99
12. Somniloquy
3:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
A journey of a thousand notes begins with a book, a voice-memo app, some well-worn strings, and … a silent void.

After publishing Submission Windows—a collection of stories and verse—and mourning an ill-fated acoustic duo, I shelved my fiction hobby indefinitely to put more of those archived lyrics to music. I dusted off my favorite demos, invested in some new gear, and aspired to produce the best DIY record ever made. No co-writers, no guest musicians, no engineers. Just a ten-fingered man in an 80-square-foot bedroom exploiting technology to transcend his limitations (read: an utter lack of vocal ability).

Four songs later, I realized all of them were about various acts of music-making itself, and a loose concept emerged: the fall and rise of a musician. “Finding the Light” (the song) summed up my approach, and gerunds make great titles. So I cherry-picked more lyrics that expanded the character’s relationships and supported themes of detachment, regret, rose-tinted nostalgia, and ultimately reinvention. Brand-new jams like “Hell’s House Band” and “Antidote” filled in story gaps, then I bookended the album with a pair of instrumentals to set the mood.

These are all new recordings, about half from existing chordal sketches, and lyrics mostly from the past seven or eight years with a couple of exceptions. Drawing from such a wide range of source material was a rare luxury I enjoyed every moment of, even the lost sleep with melodic algebra forever looping in my addled brain.

Despite being a solo effort, it was important that I evoke the sound of a band playing together in a studio rather than the bleep-bloop programming or garage cacophony of so many home recordists. I instead focused on song power, with catchy melodies and vintage-toned rock instrumentation. A few modern embellishments aside, this record could’ve been made in the 1970s. Not by me, of course. It also meant tempering some of my indulgent progressive tendencies for the bigger picture. I hope you dig it.

Thank you for listening, for buying, for supporting independent music that propels us ever toward the Light.



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