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Peter Welle | The Colors Left in Fall - EP

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The Colors Left in Fall - EP

by Peter Welle

Songs crafted from the basement, built slowly over time; honest heartbreak & harmonies
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Simple Man
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2. Give Way
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3. Aldi Girl
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4. The Colors Left in Fall
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
To celebrate turning 40, I assembled these songs to remember the traveled road.

College buddies reuniting and bringing their guitars is typically a bad idea, but in this case, it was the spark that reignited my musical journey. Starting in early 2017 and continuing from there, some old friends and I began sharing songs we'd written in the 20 years since college and came together to put them to zeros and ones. The results were oftentimes messy, sometimes profound, and, if it can now be said plainly, my way of communicating deeply personal ideas with the outside world. The four selections from The Colors Left in Fall EP come from those sessions.

The EP starts with the happy ending of SIMPLE MAN - an understated song to my wife in gratitude for the peace of being known. I'm happy to report that it's the best snapshot in this collection of my life at 40, but as the other songs reveal, it's a place that wasn't arrived at easily. Flash back to GIVE WAY, a haunted song about being adrift. The lyrical themes of yearning and upheaval emerge here, flashing back to my life in my early 20s and the pain that led to me becoming a Christian. ALDI GIRL began its existence as a joke song about a grocery store stalker but evolved into something much closer to home - a song about longing edging toward obsession, and a desire to be seen (with a stray zucchini reference for good measure). Closing things is the title track THE COLORS LEFT IN FALL, the oldest song in the collection, dating back to 1997. It's a song I wrote in my dorm room when I was just 19, but the themes of this EP were already present then.

Production wise, I hope The Colors Left in Fall EP shows my growth as an artist since 2010's Naptime Sessions. The electronic flavors and dissonant elements are new, but what's remained consistent is my first loves of simple melody and tight harmony.

So, this is a snapshot of my life at age 40. Enjoy, and godspeed along your own traveled roads.

All songs by Peter Welle
Produced by Paul Carolan & Peter Welle in the basement of a house near their college.

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Tom Hipps

Perfectly Titled & Warmly Delivered
Had I not known the title of this fine offering by Peter Welle, I'm confident that upon first hearing it I would have decided that these songs would sound great on the car stereo on an autumn cruise. At the outset, the happy, homestyle strumming of "Simple Man" (with its shades of CSN's "Our House") dances from the speakers, and you immediately relax. You can't be stressed out while these songs are performed. (And that's the vibe of this album... that Peter is sitting there singing these songs to himself, or no one in particular, and you just happened to be lucky enough to be in the room.) This record is all about honesty and realness and shopping at Aldi and doing laundry... common experiences presented in a way that makes them interesting,.. and beautiful. Welle's simple but never simplistic story-songs reminds us that there are no ordinary days. The rich acoustic guitar tones and tightly wrapped harmonies enhance but never overpower the delivery. There are humorous lines abound ("Aldi Girl" in particular) that if delivered by a comedian would have you rolling, but Welle's honesty and warm delivery tends to produce smiles rather than outright laughs. There is depth here too...Welle reminds us that even though many things in life can't be controlled,"some coincidences you gotta make" . And other times "you better do what you're told". Yes, life has to sometimes be endured, sometimes manipulated, but sometimes it's best to just let it happen and consider it all beautiful. Peter Welle helps us do just that.
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Stewart Nimby

Surprise find
This guy showed up on my Elliott Smith Pandora station. I like the vibe--sort of emo deep without all the dramz. Does this dude tour? Would be cool to see live with the whole band.
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Jon Smith

Fantastic handiwork
A sometimes haunting, sometimes hopeful collection of instrospection that makes one look inside and wonder if if you are empty, full, or a little of both.

Peter delivers lyrics that paint images both vivid and honest of daily life and circumstances that are relatable and frank.

A mix that parallels what may happen if ray lamontagne ever sat in on a session with pink floyd...

And makes you question, indeed, how long have you been out of tune?
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Alabaster Stratocaster

Emoitionally raw, finely crafted
Peter Welle’s raw emotions flow through the lyrics and rich vocal performance. The gem of the finely crafted and meticulously produced album is “Aldi Girl,” an enticing tale with fascinating chord professions and haunting vocal half steps featuring an unexpected turn at chorus. “Aldi Girl” manages to bring a winking touch of humor while being musically compelling and emotionally resonant.
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