Androlafi

by Kurt von Stetten

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Listening to von Stetten’s music is like ingesting a drug for the first time. As your psyche ascends towards the initial drop you release yourself for what’s to come. — Visions of the Unexcused

Terrific, all over the place, and quite unlike anything else I’ve heard so far this year. — Something Daily

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The term "bedroom project" carries numerous pejorative connotations, namely lo-fi, half-baked experimentation. But in the world of Kurt von Stetten, the bedroom is merely ground zero for songs that transcend time and genre. Harnessing von Stetton's love of early 90s indie rock (think Pavement, Sebadoh and early Modest Mouse) interweaved with his own insecurities, fears and passions, von Stetton's seventh solo outing Androlafi is his most accomplished and self-assured, a record that proudly stands alongside DIY revisionists Kurt Vile and Ty Segall, and also the seminal 90s output of his heroes.

The themes of Androlafi (aka Witches) are conjured from von Stetten's obsession with gothic folklore and the eternally frightening cautionary tales told to children. "I think that most of these songs reference fear and how people deal with fear," explains von Stetten. "Many of the songs are based on the stories my mother and father told me about their childhood and the stories that were told to them. These stories were fun and fantastic, but meant to mask great anxieties. Fear is a powerful motivator and the impetus for a lot of beauty."

Kurt von Stetten began experimenting with music and recordings in Boston during the summer of 1996. During this time, he began to experience terrible bouts of "self proclaimed" adult onset Enui, forcing him to record alone in his bedroom. For a period of 10 years, von Stetten holed up in his bedroom studio and learned how to play guitar and drums by recording himself over and over again. He has released a full-length album every year for the last 7 years on which he plays every instrument.

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released February 19, 2012

Kurt von Stetten: Guitar, vocals, cello, keys, drums/percussion, and bass
Songs and music by Kurt von Stetten (BMI)
Produced and engineered by Kurt von Stetten
Mixed and mastered by Mike Quinn at Moontower Studio (Q Division) with Kurt von Stetten
Design by Kurt von Stetten

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Indie musician, lacking editor, from Boston area.

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