Spencer Krugis creating - S O N G S -
All the new songs from Tier 1, plus a monthly post of bonus material: unheard B-sides, new versions of old songs, readings / writings, unseen footage, etc. Everything previously posted to this tier is made available as well.
Everything in tiers 1 and 2, plus monthly compilations of improvised music; the moments of that month’s improvisation exercises that I find interesting and worth sharing. Disclaimer: I am not a jazz musician, this music is rough around the edges.
About Spencer Krug
I’m doing this because over the past fifteen years I have made a lot of records (nineteen LPs and eight EPs according to wikipedia, wtf) with a number of projects; Wolf Parade, Moonface, Sunset Rubdown, and Swan Lake being the most relevant to me. And while I’m grateful for all that experience, I’ve always been frustrated by the huge and kind of pointless amount of time it takes for the music to get to your ears after it leaves my hands. By the time you’ve decided whether you love or hate a thing, I've stopped thinking about it entirely. This long gap is because the music industry likes to work, for better or for worse, in a particular way. But the disconnect puts you the music fan, and me the songwriter, in very different places when considering the same music, and I think it’d be better if we could hear things from more or less the same place. I love the idea of posting a new song, one that represents where I’m at artistically that very day, knowing that people will hear it instantly. I love the idea of touring material that’s as fresh to me as it is to the audience. So the above-mentioned time gap is one that I am trying to close here.
I’m not abandoning completely the idea of whole albums. I’ll continue to write and release LPs with Wolf Parade, or any other project / time wherein it makes the most sense to work that way. But right now the common paradigm of slowly compiling songs, recording them all at once, releasing them on a label six months later and then taking them on tour… well, it’s just no longer a model that makes sense for me, artistically or financially. The way that I want to engage with and represent my solo work has changed, so I'm leaving old models behind. This is me trying a new kind of way.
What sort of music will I be posting?
In 2013, under the name Moonface, I put out a record called “Julia with Blue Jeans On,” and then a follow up EP called “City Wrecker” a year later. Both are mainly just piano and voice, and I like them for that reason. I like the simplicity. The challenge of writing songs with just my hands and voice, with little to no overdubs or electronics, felt good. And performing on acoustic pianos in intimate venues was unlike any other tour experience I’ve known. So I’ve wanted to return to the piano for a long while now, and it’s that style of music that I’ll be posting here each month, over the entirety of 2019. In a sense, I’m just making another piano album, but sharing it with you one song at a time, as I write them, in a sort of real-time process which includes the listener.
Tier 1 (The Single Tear) is for those who want to keep things simple and only hear this new material. The monthly song, as described above, is here for $1 / month.
And if you're interested, there's more:
Tier 2 (The Robin's Egg) is for anyone who wants to hear the new track described above, plus a little something extra down the line; a monthly installment of randomness, a note-ful surprise. Unreleased recordings and demos which have not yet seen the light of the internet, new piano versions of old songs, readings / copies of my attempts at writing, unseen show footage, and whatever else I sincerely believe is worthy (I promise it will never just be a photo of me at the beach), will be posted monthly to this tier. And of course I’ll add a little description about the origin and makeup of the content.
Tier 3 (The Three-eyed Raver) will contain everything included in tiers 1 and 2, plus compiled samples of improvised music. Let me explain: About three times a week I sit down at the piano and just improvise for 15 to 20 minutes - a kind of zen-out meditation exercise I indulge in - and I record it. Often enough the little ideas documented in these improvisations are the seeds of whole songs. For the interested fan, there is a lot music in these recordings that is never heard by anyone except me, so I thought it could be cool if I started posting 5-10 minute compilations of the more inspired moments. To be clear, this is just instrumental music, completely improvised, with no vocals whatsoever. And I am not a jazz guy; you won’t hear any informed modal exploration. Nor am I even technically very good at piano, as in, there are definitely some rogue notes, bonus tones, skronkers. It’s not “perfect” music. But you’ll hear me kind of searching around for ideas, or zoning out to the repetition of whatever groove I happen to find that day, and sometimes this can make for interesting listening. I’ll try to cut the compilations together as artfully and dynamically possible for those that join this tier. (And I have to say this one makes me a little nervous. I'm not in the habit of sharing my improvised music, but I’m curious to see if any of you like it! If no one does, if it just kind of slumps and stinks, then we can ditch this tier. Everything is moveable.)
If you’ve read this far, thank you. If you decide to subscribe and help support this musical experiment, then thanks even more. As I explained above, I’ve decided to move my solo work away from record labels, so any money made here can now help with things like pressing vinyl, subsidizing tours, future recordings, and me continuing to exist as an artist in general. And of course I hope you like the music! Made by me, it will be a little strange, but honest.