Lo​-​Fi (expanded edition)

by Lamar Holley

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about

After the autobiographical Confessions of a College Student, Lamar Holley turned his attention to dust-collecting concept material from his late teenage years. What follows is a musical miscellany of lo-fidelity gems, mostly from his collaboration with Mark Plummer.

In the mid-nineties, Holley and Plummer recorded improvisations, mined the playback for material, then arranged and produced the songs as part of a larger Abbey Road-esque concept album, released on cassette to family and friends. The "stream-of-consciousness" nature of these improv-written songs results in character-based mini-dramas: broken families, a carnival act gone awry, and bleak war-torn existence.

This expanded edition contains three previously unreleased tracks from Holley and Plummer's collaboration: "At the Circus" (the prequel to "The Castle of Wonders"), "Breadwinner" (the first song of the trilogy that includes "Double Rubble" and "It's Amazing"), and "Confession" (in which a drunken Father McClergy confesses his sins to a child and vows to change his life).

Later, Holley lightens up with a six-minute schoolboy epic, chronicling the pain of classrooms, crushes, and parents. "Sorry, Charlie" sounds like a four-track cassette production of late-night singing and cheap Casio keyboard presets. Still, despite the obvious homemade sound, Holley remains "in character" throughout.

Even the bonus tracks retain a character-driven charm. The hi-fi "Genius" and "Amelia" are children's song demos about Edison and Amelia Earhart.

Fittingly, the album begins with "Jack Loves Julie", the only autobiographical song in the collection. Hiding behind a nursery-rhyme persona, Lamar Holley reveals more than metaphor; he reveals the raw beginnings of his career as a songwriter/recording artist.

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released January 17, 2015

*New Bonus Tracks (with full-album purchase):
"Follow Me, Girl" (age 14)
"I Didn't Wanna Be Here Alone" (age 18)
"Songboy" (the intended opening track to the concept album by Holley and Plummer, unmixed and unreleased in any format until now)

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