FASANO - THE BARN - OUT NOW ON CASSETTE AND DIGITAL
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The debut album by GODMODE’s Matty Fasano. Fasano sang backup vocals with a bunch of us at the final LCD Soundsystem gigs. Electric guitar, voice, and drum programming, recorded to four-track cassette at Brooklyn’s new Silent Barn studio—the first full-length record out of the place as far as we know.
Green cassette. Handstamped, handnumbered, hand-everything’d cover art, in limited run of 100 copies.
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“It turns out GODMODE has its own Frank Ocean to match their balls-deep-in-the-Wipers version of OFWGKTA…” — Awkward Sound.
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ON THE BARN
By Nick Sylvester
FASANO is Matthew Fasano. He sang with a bunch of us in the men’s chorus for those final LCD Soundsystem shows a couple years ago. “The Barn” is his debut cassette, with eight new songs that we recorded to four-track tape at the new Silent Barn studio. If you liked the first Waxahatchee or Grizzly Bear records I think you’ll dig this. 100 handmade, handstamped cassettes are available for purchase at shop.entergodmode.com.
Before I try to convince you that this record is my Bon Iver, let me start by saying: I hate singer-songwriters. The emotional ones, the literary ones, the ones that “understand the modern human condition” and so on. The ones that joke about how the Grammys don’t matter but still show up to accept the award. Pretty much all of them seem really desperate for me to take them seriously and it turns me off. Even the classic indie singer-songwriters that, as an educated contributor to the American musical underground (or something!), I’m supposed to respect, if not adore—it just never feels entirely genuine. What’s the rub? I want to know. It’s not their fault, but I always smell a rat.
And yet here is “The Barn”, which is very much the singer-songwriter debut by Matty Fasano, who records as Fasano. Matty and I recorded it in a day at the new Silent Barn, a DIY performance space in Bushwick. We did it live on a four-track cassette mixer, songs usually in one take, with vocals, drum loops, and electric guitar all stewing together in the room before hitting the microphones. A few songs were completely improvised. We didn’t know it was going to be a record until that’s what it was.
I’ve thought a lot about why I like this singer-songwriter record and not others. I’ve also realized that there are lots of people who feel the same way I do about singer-songwriters. And yet when I play them these songs, they all say the same thing: Something magical happened in that room.
You’ll either hear what I’m talking about or you won’t. What I respond to is the sense of voyeurism—like Fasano didn’t even realize he was being recorded. It’s evocative of a very specific kind of loneliness. The best bedroom recordings have an intimacy to them that’s almost accidental—like we’re not supposed to be hearing what we’re hearing. He’s singing these songs for himself. We’re just lucky to be hearing them.
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cat no: GM026
Songs by Matthew Fasano
Vox and Guitar by Matthew Fasano
Additional Programming by Nick Sylvester
Mixed and Recorded by Nick Sylvester at Silent Barn, BK