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Gardening, Not Architecture is a musical collaboration between singer/songwriter Sarah Saturday and engineer/producer Beau Sorenson that started in 2004 with a few songs they recorded at Beau’s apartment in Madison, Wisconsin. Several project nicknames and almost exactly three years later, in March of 2007, the duo rejoined forces to record their first ‘official’ release: a four-song ep entitled “The First EP,” which they self-released for free through the website and for sale on iTunes and other online outlets. The only hard copy versions of “The First EP” were 49 signed and numbered CDs with handmade paper sleeves and inserts, as well as a limited run of tour edition CDs, which were also handmade and included the music video for “If You Only Knew.”

Gardening, Not Architecture completed a three-week self-booked west coast tour in March, featuring Sarah as the sole performer, singing and playing bass with a laptop for backing tracks. The live performance revolved around a handmade LED “lightwall” with choreographed lights for each song.

Sarah and Beau returned to the studio in May to record the duo’s first full-length album, “First LP,” which was self-released through the website and on iTunes on September 8, 2009. The duo recorded nine new songs over the course of eight days in Chris Walla’s (Death Cab For Cutie) Hall of Justice studio in Portland, OR. The first full-length album includes three remixed songs and one rerecorded song (“Stop, I Get It “) from the first EP. The hard copy version of the full-length album again feature a handmade aspect, with screenprinted hand-sewn canvas sleeves.

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