Fits and Starts: Volume Two

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Kevin Cryderman
Running length
60 tracks
Running time
244:06

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sylvia (electronica instrumental version) free download 2:32 4,051
2 Nihilistic Twilight (instrumental version featuring electric guitar soloing) free download 4:04 510
3 Second Sunrise (post-rock instrumental, with Greenhouse Effect) free download 1:14 376
4 Virginia (acoustic guitar instrumental) free download 2:02 109
5 Transatlantic (electro-funk chillout instrumental, with DJ Plain View) free download 3:53 710
6 Generation Gap (dark 1980s-style synth pop, instrumental version) free download 3:27 846
7 Cascadia Borealis (hip hop-esque instrumental, with DJ Plain View) free download 6:44 1,565
8 Exalted Expectations Going Nowhere (song for an unmade movie, lo-fi instrumental) free download 1:48 39
9 Hats Off to (Led) Zeppelin Part II (electric blues homage, with DJ Plain View) 2:56 270
10 Strange Night (dreamy blues rock with a hint of swamp) 5:00 1,446
11 The Night is Coming Down (solo acoustic blues rock, served raw with lo-fi noodles… free download 3:19 230
12 Frat Boy Angst (post-drinking song, based on Metallica's "One") 4:28 1,533
13 SSSS (stripped down mix) free download 6:11 156
14 Solitary Woman (singalong drinking song, live + drunk version) 3:42 81
15 Everybody Wants a Gun (solo acoustic version) free download 2:14 35
16 Minimum Wage (satire, live version) 6:13 254
17 Another Beer Drinking Day (drinking song, original version) free download 2:27 20
18 Drinkin' Fool (old-timey country drinking song) 3:16 1,162
19 Nice Guy (folk punk + ribald, sophomoric humor) 5:55 1,656
20 She Put It In A Cup (hair metal band acoustic ballad parody) 6:13 1,025
21 Maggie (pop-rock, basement tapes) 3:27 6,643
22 Take Us Away (1980s-style UK pop-rock, with Anand Greenwell) free download 5:13 170
23 Circle 'round the Moon (new romantic) free download 4:31 17
24 Limbo (1980s-style alternative acoustic pop) 3:32 982
25 Girl Like You (bubble gum pop, 4-track demo version) free download 3:58 52
26 Ghosts in the Bedroom (pop-rock, basement tapes) free download 3:37 16
27 The Next Big Thing (alternative acoustic pop, soft rock) free download 3:47 438
28 Living Underground (lo-fi acoustic pop, now with more hiss!) free download 3:14 29
29 You Wanna Know (piano-based pop, lo-fi) free download 4:19 111
30 End Credits for In Medias Res (folk-pop snippet) free download 1:11 185
31 Sleep (pop folk with a side salad of cuteness) 4:05 249
32 The Only Thing (country pop) free download 4:25 133
33 Larger Than Life (lo-fi country pop) free download 4:05 484
34 A Child's Eyes (wistful innocence, basement tapes) free download 3:04 9
35 Free (standard ballad, basement tapes) free download 4:13 225
36 Kelly (treacly ballad, early basement tapes) free download 4:00 42
37 Why Do You Cry When We Dance? (new romantic, basement tapes) free download 3:55 165
38 Paper Cup (demo version, extemporaneous folk) free download 5:29 183
39 The Fountain (atmospheric folk, USA civil rights history) free download 3:17 34
40 When the Circle Meets the Square (ponderous rock, basement tapes) free download 5:08 32
41 Explain it on the Way (alt. folk + civil rights) free download 3:59 39
42 Symbiosis (allegorical folk-rock, basement tapes) free download 3:24 14
43 Henry Irving Victor (dark lounge) free download 4:10 52
44 Mother Earth (earnest and epic teenage environmentalism) free download 5:21 13
45 Fan (slightly psychedelic crooning reggae) free download 4:46 555
46 Take Us Away (demo version) free download 4:20 101
47 Tiny Victories (occasional song, brother's wedding) 2:52 700
48 Home (lo-fi indie folk, with tape hiss) free download 4:39 319
49 Generation Gap (demo version with vox, basement tapes) free download 3:26 26
50 Invisible (indie folk on a bed of alienation and a side of sighs) free download 3:15 539
51 Train at Midnight (wistful lo-fi strummer, early years) free download 3:59 110
52 Never Been in Love (lo-fi outsider folk, my first song) free download 4:42 3
53 Passenger Seat (folk rock, live version) free download 4:48 24
54 Greed (original version feat. Joby Baker) free download 4:28 395
55 The Future (solo acoustic lo-fi demo, just after composition) free download 4:41 14
56 One Drop of Blood (jazzy groove rock) free download 4:11 197
57 Luminous Contagion (indie rock) free download 1:53 443
58 Visions of the Daughters of Albion (world fusion) 10:17 339
59 The Fabric of the Cosmos (progressive folk + dream pop, demo version) 4:22 450
60 Letters from India (progressive folk) 4:25 227

About this album

While Sufjan Stevens may have his infamous 50-states series, The Magnetic Fields its 69 Love Songs, and Sean Wright his hyper-prolific album-a-month project, Kevin Cryderman has FITS AND STARTS (formerly entitled IN ALL SINCERITY), an eclectic and ever-expanding Internet-only album with ‘restaurant menu’ type descriptions for each song. Spanning Cryderman’s entire recording career from day one (just weeks after he first started playing guitar), the overall project is a candid behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s development in fits and starts and various directions or experiments , ranging from the creatively successful to the spectacularly awful (sometimes intentionally so).

Volume Two’s Menu Categories are:
INSTRUMENTAL: Tracks 1-8
BLUESY: Tracks 9-11
MOCK EPICS AND HUMOR-TINGED: Tracks 12-20
POP: 21-33
BALLADS FROM THE ROUND FILE: 34-38
ALLEGORY AND SOCIAL/POLITICAL ISSUES: 39-46
INDIE FOLK: Tracks 47-53
OLD VERSIONS AND DEMOS FOR THE COURTING THE MUSE ALBUM: Track 54-55
DEMOS OF CANDIDATE SONGS FOR THE FOLLOW-UP ALBUM TO COURTING THE MUSE: Tracks 56-
(see also “Lawn Chairs” on Fits and Starts: Volume One)

Functioning as a kind of box set from an unknown artist, FITS AND STARTS makes available songs from the ‘Cryderman archives,’ which consists of boxes of cassettes, digital files in various formats, and folders full of lyrics with (and without) chord changes. Cryderman occasionally takes some of these old songs that had never even been recorded in demo form, records them, and adds them in. FITS AND STARTS also includes songs from abandoned album projects and tracks currently being developed to fit into (or be discarded from) album projects, past, present and future.

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