Clumsy With Sound was conceived a decade ago when guitarist and writer Matt Baldwin, inspired by the Doors record An American Prayer, suggested to singer and songwriter Hans Dobbratz that they make a record of spoken word accompanied by instrumental pieces.Baldwin is a prolific solo artist and the author of new instant counterculture classic How to Play Guitar which Henry Rollins described as a manual for hacking the creative process. Hans Dobbratz is the lead singer of Los Angeles based punk band Street Fruit, and formerly the vocalist of 90s teen sleaze act Dura Delinquent, and Physical Release, as well as a member of Belligerent Swans.In Dobbratzs Los Angeles apartment the pair first recorded multiple tracks of guitar and a drum machine on a 4-track cassette recorder with the intention of building from there. For the next ten years, the tape sat in a box that Dobbratz kept with him as he floated through multiple living situations in L.A. Baldwin bounced back and forth between the Monterey and San Francisco bays and, though the two often saw each other, the project sat idle.Then, in the space that opened up during 2020/21, Dobbratz suggested that they finally finish the project. He began to write what would become the eight spoken pieces featured on Clumsy with Sound. The confusion, conflict, and possibility offered by the combined and novel experience of pandemic, riots, and wildfire provided ample force for theme and subject; the pair began to stitch together new and old pieces of music that would become, along with field recordings and live clips, the fabric of the record.The two had finally arrived at the needed mix of mood and rhythm that would honor, mutate, and wildly reimagine what they had first found vital about An American Prayer. Drawing further inspiration from the work of Gil Scott-Heron, Joe Frank, and others, Baldwin and Dobbratz went into the studio with engineer and friend, Spencer Hartling, and threaded the album together in one long day.The res
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