Blue Boxes

Rachel Rhodes

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I guess I regressed.

Back to us driving around Austin, and the joy and hush before a new song from "Remain in Light" debuted on our favorite radio station.

Back to me playing mad scientist alone in my bedroom to pass quiet afternoons until you returned from a mysterious place called “The Road.”

I guess it was easier to imagine that you were still out there somewhere. Preparing a performance. That you would call when you could. That you could call and you would.

To remain in light, I made up a new game every day, listened for subtle changes in sound. Sometimes I played the same melodies again and again the way a little kid zones out and sings naive nonsense over and over. I let myself play. I lost the empty hours that way.

Memories stack onto each other in thin layers. I can see through those on top to those below. Until the thin layers grow too thick. A few deep down shine up, shine through. Strangely ordinary. But from now on, nothing new.

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Homebody

Rachel Rhodes

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In early May, I started recording sounds of my daily life in confinement: washing my hands, sparrows fighting over seeds on the balcony, the stove-top espresso maker. Some of the sounds leant themselves to beat creation. I decided to play whatever I felt over those beats on my 8-string bass. And I ended up with an almost entirely improvized collection of slightly lo-fi chillness.




So. This is who I am when I’m at home.

Well, during May 2020, at least.


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Handwashing/humming/espresso making/breathing/wind-up toy operation/sampling/beat making/Elrick custom 8-string bass guitar/mixing/mastering: Rachel Rhodes


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Special thanks to Nicolas Chaplais, Angela Sadberry, and Rich Brown for their unfailing support and encouragement. More special thanks to Rob Elrick for my amazing basses. Even more special thanks to Gary Willis for guidance and growth (ongoing).
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Bisou

Rachel Rhodes

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Beats. Bass. Samples. Solos (also bass).

A kiss. Or ten.

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All the noises and making sure they work together: Rachel Rhodes

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Rachel Rhodes is an Elrick artist who plays a custom Elrick Gold Series 6-string fretless bass guitar and a custom Elrick Gold Series 8-string fretted bass guitar. She so does. For really real.

Almost all beats/samples on iMaschine2.

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Thanks to all the lovely people who encourage me to keep going no matter what.

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Recorded/Mixed/Mastered between July 2018 and August 2019 in Paris and Bobigny, France.
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Music

Lighter Later

Rachel Rhodes

This eight-song collection is a labor of love and learning. I wouldn't have been able to follow through with it if I didn't have heaps of help, inspiration and encouragement from Eric Brewington, Ava Suzanne Brooks, Rich Brown, Lobelia and Steve Lawson, Angela Sadberry and Dwane Woodard.

Special thanks to my husband, Nico, for his love and support (and for never questioning my gear purchases).
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