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Teen Trax (Advect 4)

Of Plants #041, Nov 2019
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Teen Trax (Advect 4)
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Culled from a few hundred session files, Teen Trax is probably the most charming, fun music I've ever written.

It mostly came about in the days of pre- or early-social-media internet, in my teens and early 20's. None of these tracks were ever published beyond mp3s posted to LiveJournal or CDRs given to friends. Most have never really left my hard drive.

A few of these are quite overwrought, but it's mostly very playful, naive music.

One thing I kept thinking of while putting this collection together was the immense number of hours that went into all these tracks. This was where I cut my teeth on production, melody and harmony, arranging, recording – so many things. It's always a trip coming back to one's early work, and I'm glad to see it finally taken off the shelf.

Teen Trax is a lot of music, and while compiling it, I was aware of how tedious these archival, hard-drive-dump releases can get. Close as I am to the material, I made sure the cutting floor was about three times larger than the final cut. I also performed some emergency mixing and arrangement surgery on certain tracks, and remastered everything. What you're hearing is an archival release that's been polished and arranged just so. Hope you like it.

The LP is the main course, containing the most complete, catchy material.

The EPs are each a collection of b-sides, miscellany, segues, sketches, ephemera. EP1 (lo) is more downtempo, easier to put on quietly. The tunes on EP2 (hi) are more aggressive, up front, and brightly colored.

Special shoutout to Ram Silverhawk who drew the video game art by hand back in the day on his G3 clamshell laptop. (Come to think of it I recall him loaning me the same machine for all-nighters at a back table of the local Denny's (RIP), where many of these tracks were written. Suburbs, baby!)

  1. LP
    1. Fishtank (5:07)
    2. Flying Machines (3:07)
    3. untitled (3:04)
    4. All At Once (Pathologia cover) (5:30)
    5. Waterlogged (1:56)
    6. Albert the Mechanical Mouse (3:11)
    7. Ender (4:56)
    8. Nice When You Can Get It (3:16)
    9. This is an Automated Message (4:31)
    10. Grab It and Run (3:27)
    11. Some I Guess (3:24)
    12. Indoors (2:27)
    13. Burn (remix for He Can Jog) (5:05)
    14. Dodging (3:20)
    15. Muffins (2:27)
    16. Twenty Seconds for You (1:45)
    17. Why Even (1:53)
    18. untitled (1:56)
    19. Mr. Fog's Wild Ride (1:20)
    20. Empty Reference Kids (5:34)
    21. Skippy the Honey Bee Goes Fuckin' SHOPPING (1:14)
  2. EP1 (lo)
    1. It's Getting Cold Again (2:06)
    2. untitled (0:48)
    3. untitled (3:43)
    4. Barely (2:04)
    5. untitled (2:01)
    6. untitled (1:02)
    7. untitled (2:13)
    8. Grunion (2:32)
    9. untitled (0:50)
    10. Crickets (2:21)
    11. Desk Life (1:36)
    12. untitled (2:17)
    13. untitled (1:01)
    14. This is an Automated Message (version) (1:50)
    15. untitled (1:33)
    16. untitled (1:10)
    17. This is an Automated Message (version) (1:24)
    18. Tumble (1:47)
    19. Conventions (1:48)
    20. A Little Clarity (3:16)
    21. untitled (1:21)
    22. I Gave Away All My Things and Now I Have Only Questions (1:19)
    23. untitled (0:56)
  3. EP2 (hi)
    1. untitled (3:23)
    2. It's a Long Wait (2:27)
    3. It Was Fun Though (2:32)
    4. untitled (1:49)
    5. untitled (1:38)
    6. untitled (1:43)
    7. Guess What It Spells (1:32)
    8. untitled (1:19)
    9. Thursday (0:44)
    10. untitled (1:17)
    11. untitled (2:43)
    12. untitled (1:08)
    13. Cave Adventures (1:21)
    14. Superimpose (1:58)
    15. untitled (1:06)
    16. untitled (1:02)
    17. Orange (0:42)
    18. untitled (1:04)
    19. There's Probably a Way (1:01)
    20. Generative Sketch (0:58)
    21. Bicycle Accident (0:52)
    22. untitled (1:18)
    23. Zombies (0:41)
    24. Recollection's Tricky (3:24)
    25. untitled (1:53)
    26. untitled (0:45)
    27. Teen Doom Squad (18:42)
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Teen Trax (Advect 4)
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