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 One's menu categories are:
MELLOW ACOUSTIC SINGER-SONGWRITER/AMERICANA: Tracks 1-15
POP: Tracks 16-19
BLUES-BASED: Tracks 20-24
GRUNGE AND HEAVY METAL: Tracks 25-31
HUMOR-TINGED SATIRE: Tracks 32-35
DRINKING SONGS: Tracks 36-38
INSTRUMENTAL: Tracks 39-46
NEW WAVE AND SYNTH-BASED: Tracks 47-48
COURTING THE MUSE ALTERNATE VERSIONS: Tracks 49-53
OUTSIDER/BASEMENT/GARAGE FOLK: Tracks 54-56
RANDOM RADIO: Tracks 57-60
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.
Thus, the production ranges from micro-cassette recorders to home computer to professional recording studios, with a healthy sampling of extremely unpolished, lo-fi basement tapes from his early years as an extremely unpolished teenager.
Fits and Starts: Selections is available for download purchase at iTunes and Amazon.com. The album features a collection of fifty key tracks from the larger collection and a representative sampling of various genres such as Indie Folk/Acoustic Singer-Songwriter (tracks 1-14); Blues-Based and World Fusion (15-19); Pop-Based Music (20-27); Rock, Grunge and Heavy Metal (28-33); Instrumentals in Various Genres (34-43); and Musical Comedy (44-50).
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