The other night the artist watched as I recorded a guitar track into GarageBand on the computer. I went downstairs and when I came back up I found him as you see him in the photo above; headphones on (plug dangling at his feet) and piano in lap. Grant had somehow figured out how to start recording and had added a track to my song. We sat together and listened and I was treated to a brilliant piece of low-fi avant-pop.
"He hopes that summer never ends, and he hopes that summer never ends", he sings over a manic toy piano and soft acoustic guitar melody. The artist pushes the structure of modern songwriting to its limits. After the guitar ends, the piano continues for several minutes before fading into a moment of silence and then the sound of a balloon being blown up for several more minutes, which is in turn followed by 2 minutes of dead silence and then a short conversation with the artist's teddy bear.
Thursday, August 23, 2007