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by Todd Clouser

Released 04/14/2015
Imagination Demand
Released 04/14/2015
Imagination Demand

With CHANT, prolific rock/jazz guitarist Todd Clouser reaches back to the days of American Prison song and Field Chant for inspiration.
  • 01:36 Lyrics You the Brave


    You are not solely information

    You cannot be purchased

    You are not the sum of your skills

    You are not your clickings

    Your information has a soul

    You are not the one who buys the product for the picture

    You are not this person


    You are not the calculated risk

    You are not the percentage probability of the focus men

    You are not the possessor of a single language

    You are of no country

    You are not afraid


    You are not a product or a consumer

    You are not a product and its consumer

    You are not consuming yourself

    You are not produced by your consumption

    You are not skin and bones


    You are not in need of belonging

    You are not concerned about how you are perceived

    You are not being lied to

    You do not allow yourself to be lied to

    You do not lie to yourself

    You yourself are not a liar


    You are not desperate to purchase a home

    You are not desperate

    You are not desperate

    You are not desperate

    You are not desperate

    You are not desperate


    Remember that whats important is not importance

    And that its going to take getting up on your own


    You are star dust, Mother tears, River ash, Wonder Sun, Brave Brave Brave Brave Brave, Triumph triumph triumph, new, new new end of lie end lies end of lies, You You You You You The Brave


  • 03:21 Hold My Machete
  • 03:27 Baby Brother
Part Clouser's signature wild guitar work, part street choir, and part beat story teller, CHANT is a concept record celebrating music's ability to create new community.

In recording CHANT, Clouser reached out to friends and strangers in his homes of Minneapolis and Mexico City, from his neighborhood garbage man to members of Mexico City's thriving creative music scene, in creating groups of singers. Recorded in studios in Minneapolis, New York City, the Peruvian Amazon amongst a family of shaman, and the streets of Mexico City, singers were directed in real time to chant over the tracks created by Clouser, Martin, and Bates. The result is a new community recording of 80 musicians and singers spanning up and down the Americas.

On CHANT, language, genre, geography, and tradition collide in avant color with wild results.

Todd Clouser - guitars, rhodes, voice, pianos, electric bass
James Buckley - acoustic bass
JT Bates - drums
Billy Martin - drums and percussion

Recorded at Studio HH, Bathtub Shrine Recording Studio, in homes of friends in MX City and Minneapolis, MN, Pizza Jazz Cafe MX City

1. Dead Men Beneath the Dirty Ground
2. You the Brave
3. Don't Politik Me
4. Hold My Machete
5. Baby Brother
6. Calle Rumania en la MaƱana
7. Open the Sky and Let Me In
8. Mis Hijas Postizas
9. Baby America
10. Arms Full of Fires
11. Whiskey Rattle
12. Medicine In the Tree
13. Everything is Brighter Now

All Songs written by Todd Clouser and published by Imagination Demand (BMI)
Produced by Todd Clouser

Engineered by Todd Clouser, Hernan Hecht, and many more
Mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studio in Seattle, WA
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering in Minneapolis, MN

Released by Ropeadope Records

On pocket

This record is a celebration music's ability to create community. I began with a short chant and sketch of each song, recorded simply with a harmonium or guitar while out on tour. On a visit to Mexico City, Billy Martin recorded drum and percussion parts over my sketches - reacting without specific directions - in Hernan Hecht's studio. I had always hoped to one day hear Billy Martin and JT Bates, a friend from Minneapolis, play together, so I took the tracks up to Minneapolis and JT recorded on top of Billy at Erik Koskinen's studio.
With drum tracks and my Chant sketches, James Buckley played upright bass and songs began to take form and develop clearer tonalities or harmony.
I began inviting friends over to my apartment in Mexico City to record chants that I directed in real time, recording simply, with just a room microphone. It was mostly joy, the chant sessions. We would get together, people would often be nervous or skeptical, and by the end we were all signing and shouting and improvising. There were a few of these sessions in Mexico City at my home and places friend hung out, and a little jazz spot called Pizza Jazzz, and one in Minneapolis on a tour stop, where we had ages 7 to mid 70's in Greg Schutte's studio.
With almost 60 people recording chants, I began to add guitars, pianos and more colors and the record became what it is, a big community of people and sound that trust, intrigue, and technology allowed to take shape. Music teaches us whats possible and allows us to realize the possibility.

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