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C.Layne

C.Layne

C.Layne


After playing with indie rock band The Naïve, c.layne started writing specifically for a solo project in the winter of 2000. His first album, Albumone, was entirely instrumental and released mostly among family and friends. He spent the next 2 years writing for a second album, recording hundreds of tracks. Ultimately, they were all scrapped, and his first official album, Antonymic, was written and recorded over a four day period in the summer of 2003. Read more on Last.fm
After playing with indie rock band The Naïve, c.layne started writing specifically for a solo project in the winter of 2000. His first album, Albumone, was entirely instrumental and released mostly among family and friends. He spent the next 2 years writing for a second album, recording hundreds of tracks. Ultimately, they were all scrapped, and his first official album, Antonymic, was written and recorded over a four day period in the summer of 2003.

The mid-fi recording and lavish use of reverb gives this album a decidedly 1960's psychedelic feel. Immediately afterward, he started working on his next album, Drawing Shapes with Sounds, which was released later that year. This album, although written just after Antonymic explores much darker musical and lyrical themes, and may be considered the most difficult of his albums. In the winter of 2003, c.layne signed with Magnatune, an online record label.

A compilation album was released shortly after. Potemkin Villages saw a mixture of tracks from Antonymic and Drawing Shapes with Sounds, as well as some new material written specifically for the release. In the early months of 2004, c.layne paired up with electronic artist and producer Victor Stone of fourstones.net to produce his third official album, The Sun Will Come Out to Blind You. Writing, recording and production went on throughout the year and the album was finished in December.

It was released on Magnatune in January of 2005. Stones' production gave the album a slick and consistent finish. Probably c.layne's most down-tempo endeavor, the album is meant to be listened to at night. Later in 2005, c.layne indepedently released another compilation album, entitled Memes, which contained tracks written during the writing of The Sun Will Come Out to Blind You.

Some of the songs are outtakes, and Memes is considered a sister album in much the same way as Radiohead's Amnesiac is paired with Kid A. The summer of 2006 saw the independent release of A Feast of Splinters EP. Although still incorporating the themes of psychedelia and electronica that had been present throughout his earlier releases, A Feast of Splinters saw new influences in the songwriting; from hip-hop beats in 'You Think You're So Clever', to the sludgy guitar work in tracks like 'Water is Bad' and 'Devils Live in a Quiet Pond'. The production on this release was much clearer than any of his other independent releases. The late summer of 2006 also saw the reformation of c.layne's former band, The Naïve, which released their first album in 8 years, The Worst Blast Ever, in January of 2007.

Currently, c.layne is working on a new EP, entitled Broken Hooks with no set release date. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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