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Acoustic Sketches, Vol. 1

by Sean Marshall

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Practical 03:36
On & On 04:32
Carousel 04:20
Lightning 03:20
Croquis 02:18


The 9 tracks that make up "Acoustic Sketches" were written and recorded using a Yamaha 4-track cassette recorder in my basement.

The idea behind this recording process was simple: capture these songs in their most vulnerable and basic manner. The lyrics all take on a similar task: to remove myself from the picture of my surrounding. By never really looking directly at myself and instead looking at the people, places, ideas, and events around me, I actually paint a more vivid self-portrait.

There are some errors on these recordings: a rhythm hiccup, noisy radiator in the background, me coughing, a phone vibrating. But I left them, partially out of laziness, partially for charm, and partially because they are exactly what they are supposed to be: sketches.


released April 7, 2018

Cover image by Lindsey Jordan.


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Sean Marshall Columbus, Ohio

Born and raised outside New York City, Sean Marshall has since resided at the Jersey Shore, the Midwest, and now the Pacific West. His experience across diverse landscapes and audiences has only enriched his eclectic vision of America and its people, demonstrated by songs rooted in classic folk structures, colored by indie rock textures, and laced with country ambience. ... more

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