GENIUS LOCI IS A RECURRING CASSETTE COMPILATION CELEBRATING SONGWRITING AS ART AND CRAFT.
Each edition sends a package out in the mail to a group of songwriters. The package consists of a piece of inspiration (poems, photos, paintings, etc) and a rule (for volume one: all the lyrics must be written before a single note of music). Each artist receives the same prompt and works independently to write and record a song to the specs. Then we listen.
Genius Loci is partly an experiment to see how much of a set of songs can be unified by a concept or mood, partly an excuse for me to commission new work by some of my favorite songwriters, and partly an experiment in pushing people out of their comfort zones & giving them new creative avenues in their writing via obstacles.
The summer 2015 edition takes inspiration from the poetry of Frank Stanford, (The title, "Dreams Like Bark Peeled Off By Lightning," comes from a line of the poem singled out by several of the artists) and features Gabriel Birnbaum (Wilder Maker, Debo Band), Felicia Douglass (Ava Luna, Gemma) Cassandra Jenkins, Jonah Furman (Krill), Nick Jost (Wilder Maker, Baroness), David Lackner (Galtta Tapes, The Phantom Family Halo), LAUDS, Katie Von Schleicher, Will Stratton, Tiny Hazard, Workman Song, & Renata Zeiguer (Cantina), as well as artwork and design by David Foarde and Katie Von Schleicher.
CONTRIBUTORS SO FAR
- Cindy Lou Gooden (Very Fresh)
- Dan Arnes (Leapling)
- Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief)
- Noah Rubin (SKATERS)
- Buck Meek (Big Thief)
- Peter Broderick
- Stephen Konrads (Eternals)
- Becca Kaufman (Ava Luna)
- Julian Fader (Ava Luna)
- Ian McLellan Davis (Relatives)
- Sarah Pedinotti Kyle (Lip Talk)
- Will Adams (Lower Dens)
- Adam Dotson (#1 Kid, Rubblebucket)