SONGER is the objectively good new album by Small Awesome
SONGER is the second album by the duo of Faiz Razi and Jim MacGregor who are extant under the name Small Awesome
SONGER is built on musical conceits established on Small Awesome’s divided debut album, Still Awesome, released as a set of twinned EPs, Awesome and Still
SONGER is ten compositions arranged in a dramatic musical arc full of pastoral pleasures and unexpected turns
SONGER is performed almost exclusively with stringed instruments and voice, save for a single hi-hat and some saxophones
SONGER is full of winding arrangements, romantic musical figures, and deliberately pretty minimalism that still land somewhere opposite of folk
SONGER is the result of three years of careful recording and mixing with their right-hand man, Matt Engstrom and their man, Mouse
SONGER is preceded by the release of the animated “Breech Born” lyric video with accompanying sheet music

SONGER is also preceded by the first radio single, “Sold You Out”

SONGER is out on March 26th, 2016. Available on vinyl and digital download on Sick Room Records

“Rats and Creeps” is the third single from SONGER:

Most of this is not a joke. See you ’round the ecosphere!

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35. Breech Birth

Happy Easter Sunday! Our record was supposed to come out on Good Friday, but there were complications, and its birth has been delayed until April Fool’s Day.
Thanks for holding!
Until then, here is the video for the second single off of SONGER,
“Breech Born”, which is about being born under complications.

The video was animated by Faiz over three days at Columbia
and this particular song was recorded by Small Awesome

You may also peruse the sheet music for it in the gallery below.

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34. Sold You Out

Happy Ides of March. In celebration, here is a song about betrayal.
“Sold You Out” is the first single from our new record, SONGER,
which will be available on Good Friday, March 25th via Sick Room Records

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33. Spines Out

spines out

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32. It So

Heads-up! In our modest celebration of Halloweek, Small Awesome is proud to present the new video for our song, “It So” from our old release, the Still E.P. The video was filmed by Beth Wiedner, Faiz Razi and Jim MacGregor. The song, “It So” was recorded by Matt Engstrom at Caffeinated Recordings. Enjoy!

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31. Still Breathing

Dear folks,
After a year out working on a new record,
we are back on the fine stage at Schuba’s.
with Breathe Owl Breathe and Coins
Wednesday August 12th, 9pm 21+
owl breathe
see you there!

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30. Tens

I woke up wearing only this shirt, if that's disturbing enough for you

I woke up wearing only this shirt, if that’s disturbing enough for you

Dear Jim and Matt,
Dudes, I’m totally sorry I slept through the morning when we were scheduled to mix the new record, Still Awesome at my place the other day.  I’m also sorry that I kept you guys waiting outside for approximately seventy minutes while I got my beauty sleep.
When I did get up, we did do a really smashing job of mixing the new record, Still Awesome, and it sounds better than anything I’ve ever done, and you guys are the best around.
If a picture can tell a story, allow me to provide these screenshots from my phone showing the texts and missed calls, etc. There’s a choice one from Bradley R. Weissenberger in there that also made my day:
phone quilt

Lastly, if I may draw attention to the excellent photo Jim took of our illustrious engineer, Mr. Matt Engstrom shown here on the right, let it be noted that the brand of monitors we used was “T’Annoy”.


You dudes are the best dudes.



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29. Breech Born

breech cover

Here is the new Small Awesome demo, entitled “Breech Born”, which was composed and scored for Faiz’ “Sound Theory and Practice” class at Columbia. To quote Jim: “If I understand this correctly, you have to zippity-do-dah a song to gain favor with your educational overlords, and wish this “piece” to be considered canonically Small Awesome?”

Naturally.  Enjoy!

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28. Still…in 3D!

still low resAhoy! Been working on some potential artwork prototypes for our new record, Still Awesome. I’ve been taking a 3D printing course over at Columbia as part of my degree, and rendered the above PLA plastic with a makerbot2.  It’s pretty cool.  Had to pull the image and the typeface into a couple different programs and then render it:
meet yr maker
raft and boat
Super dumb, super fun.  I also got to present it as my final project for a critique and got some great feedback (the non-musical kind). Cheers to Lilli Kayes for the photos below:
still classy

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27. Without pity…

bustamante photo
the 2014 PRF BBQ was tremendous. Here’s how we played:

Special love to our musical guests, Messrs. Ike Turner on hi-hat
and Brent Mix on baritone saxophone. Salut!
Photo by Liz Bustamante, Poster by Jay Ryan

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