from the liner notes…
“This music was created during a year spent living in the high desert of New Mexico. Our small farm was surrounded on all sides by endless open space, with a small stream running nearby, the only water for miles around. With only a limited solar-power system, any sort of amplified or digital music making was impossible.
I spent days on end wandering with my guitar and a hand-held tape recorder, recording myself playing and singing into that bare, harsh, shockingly beautiful landscape. Much of this album consists of these original cassette tapes, layered and collaged together. Ojito is a reflection, investigation, and dialogue with that place, a record of what I saw and felt during my brief but transformative time there.”
Ojito is a collection of strange and beautiful songs and sound-scapes. Guitar, piano, banjo, toy instruments, and found objects mingle with field recordings, creating a sound-bed for simple melodies and impressionistic lyrics. The hiss, click, and grainy sound quality of lo-fi technology take on their own voice, shaping the music, adding layers of dust and grit.
You can hear some of the tracks at www.myspace.com/jesseolsen
The CD is available online for $15 at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jesseolsen
You can also buy the entire album or individual tracks as downloads. If you want this album but can’t afford the CD Baby price (or would like to offer more as a donation), you can send a check for your desired price, plus $1.50 for shipping, to:
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