A couple weeks ago, I constructed a boredom-inspired post concerning the lack of solo/side projects around these parts lately. Well, I probably can't take credit for inspiring any and all local offshoot music PJs that spring up from here on out, but I'm going to anyway.
The first of my seedlings to sprout is from Dillon Smith. You may recognize Dillon as the bassist/violinist for Happy Birthday Amy and Ascent of Everest, and most recently rhythm guitarist for The Protomen. Dillon announced yesterday that Meltface Music Faction will be releasing a collection of his solo work as noirtest called 21st Century. Smith apparently wrote these pieces as a gift to his father, which I find kind of amazing. Frankly, if I handed my dad a disc of avant-garde neoclassical compositions, he'd probably ask me to never give him anything again. A couple of the tracks feature Dillon's wife and bandmate Amy Smith on vocals, and in true solo project style, were composed, written, recorded and mixed by Smith himself.That said, check it out, stream it, buy it, then fire up the four-track and start overdubbing yourself. I want to see at least four more of these by summer.