Apothecary Charms contains a number of guitar-based electronic rock songs, and also some songs that are not that, including a jazzy electric piano excursion, an improvised solo guitar piece, etc. My favorite recordings to listen to are often ones that have a lot of range and still make sense stylistically as a whole. I like to create recordings in a similar fashion. One of my goals on this project was to have a somewhat tighter sonic focus than on previous recordings. But, as always, I also wanted to explore new sounds and instrumentation, and move in new directions. Some of these songs originated with a single sound or phrase, or some improvisation, and were developed from there. Sometimes the sounds were created experimentally. I wanted to have the guitar play a prominent part most times, and I tended to lean back towards that as I was fleshing out the arrangements.
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