Garrett Pierce released his first full length album Like A Moth (Crossbill Records) in early 2006. His work has been regarded as literary and haunting with minimalist arrangements and a voice that soars through pages of lyrics. There is no doubt that the Lost Generation artists and writers have influenced his structure, a style of free-formed imagery that springs between the bleak and the optimistic. Musically, the songs often begin with the light strumming of an acoustic guitar, developing itself into a lush piece with the addition of electric guitars, stings, and horns. Born in Burbank, California, Garrett remembers the same playgrounds of malls and the desperate escapes from normality that Tim Burton recalls of his suburban upbringing. And though he grew up playing in rock groups he constantly wrote in a similar style to those found in this fathers records the sixties/seventies singer-songwriters. What holds his music apart from other acoustic-based musicians of this time is his blend of the darkness and the light. He’s not interested in rehashing the psychedelic flower power that stems from his current San Francisco home. Pierce is more intrigued with the journey of the mythological story, the song that first entered the consciousness and has been past down from the early languages and met its peak in the Greek verses. Garrett was most certainly meant to be a writer of songs. His origianl instincts on the guitar were to create, and at thirteen his first guitar instantly gave him his first melodies. Now, over a decade later he has written music in the hills of Echo Park, the flatlands of Davis, the jungle-beaches of Puerto Rico, and has just returned from Italy and Greece where he’s been working on material for his next record. Over the last year Garrett has embarked on four tours, played sxsw, and collaborated with some of the Bay Areas most respected songwriters. Independent radio stations on the west coast (KEXP, KDVS, KUSF) and in Europe have kept his albums on heavy rotation. ‘Like A Moth’ was recorded in five separate locations from studios to hall closets in San Francisco and Davis, California. Matt Bauer, Jolie Holland, Safa Shokrai (The Drift), Jake Mann (Zim-Zims), Payam Bavafa (Sholi) all leant their talents to the making of the album.
Edited by crossbillrecord on 19 May 2007, 23:10
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