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You probably all know Freddy Ruppert from his project Former Ghosts, but I’m guessing that some of you are not familiar with This Song Is A Mess But So Am I. This project existed from 2003 to 2007 and served as a cathartic outlet for Ruppert when he was dealing with the death of a family member. The songs sound more experimental than Former Ghosts and even more emotionally loaded and personal (if that’s even possible).
“The way I have always approached music is with a goal to capture a particular moment in time in my life. A sort of snapshot. A musical photo album. This is one document of a very particular time in my life.”
Yesterday Freddy put all recorded material of This Song Is A Mess together and made it available for purchase on bandcamp. The download counts 54 tracks and includes both Church Point, LA and the Marble Mouth EP together with tracks that appeared on split tapes, compilations and collaborative releases. For 10 bucks Complete Recorded Output will be yours forever.
“So here it is. For better or for worse (probably for worse). Everything that was ever recorded as This Song Is A Mess But So Am I from its fully realized resting place in the Satan Be Here sessions with glitched beats and vocal processing all the way to its earliest infantile stages of using synth and drum machine presets vocalizing with no regard for carrying a tune.”
For streaming, a full tracklist, more info on the project and some of Freddy’s philosophical musings I happily redirect you to the bandcamp page.
All of you who like Freddy Ruppert’s work should check out his new project Dove Hounds, on which he collaborates with L. Jameson and E.J. Smith. Last month they released two tracks on Bandcamp and also on Vimeo, accompanied by images.
The track “Swallowed History” sounds similar to what Freddy had been doing on his latest Former Ghosts record, but the sound is fuller due to the added piano and double bass. “Our Separate Churches” is different: there is no more glitchy percussion and the music is more unnerving in a way. This reminds me of what he said on his blog about what the sound of the new Former Ghosts album will be like:
“I’m obsessed with things being quiet, with textures, not with pop song structure, with free improvisation, with blocks of improvisation being pieced into songs.”
If you want to watch the videos accompanying the songs, do so on Vimeo or on Dove Hounds’ offical website. If you want to stay updated, find Dove Hounds on Facebook or check out their Bandcamp once in a while.
Edit: the songs are no longer available on Bandcamp, so I’ll embed the video’s.
Good quality video of Former Ghosts performing “The Days Will Get Long Again” live at Glasslands. With Sam Mickens on guitar instead of Jamie Stewart.
If you ever have the chance of seeing Freddy Ruppert live, I can really recommend it.