Josh Schroeder | Stark

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by Josh Schroeder

The minimalist acoustic/folk driven companion to Schroeder's "Love is a Shade" EP, Stark is a melancholy offering that is not for the faint of heart. Stark highlights Schroeder's deeply personal lyrics and his signature vocals.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. We Would Shine
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2. Siren Song
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3. Wishing Well
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4:26 $0.99
4. Pretty Maid
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5. Spindrift Cedars
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6. Bread & Wine
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7. On the Fence
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Recorded in the week following the passing of his grandfather, and in the midst of his work on the "Love is a Shade" EP, Stark is a cathartic expression of the dark loneliness that consumes the spirit in a time of loss. Schroeder displays his keen songwriting abilities and his passion for folk-balladry in this Dylan-esque approach to writing and recording.

The "stark," lo-fi quality of the recording is a result of the minimalist techniques he experimented with in his home studio, dubbed "The Warewulf Cave," and many of the performances were recorded live as one take using a single mic.

Though not for the faint of heart, and perhaps an acquired taste, there is something for everyone on Stark. Listeners will not only hear a deep sadness and longing within the seven songs that make up this collection but there is strength, love and hope by the albums end.

Stark is best absorbed on a late night, when you are all alone, and it rewards the patient listener...


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I bought two tracks, Wishing Well and On the Fence (this!) and I really love both of them - lovely lyrics against a simple yet melodic background of music. Thank you for creating these and for your other album.