By The Denver Egotist / /
A microphone, a strangely tuned guitar, no plan. These are Adam Baerd’s (formerly Adam Williams’) adversaries — and his opportunity. The audio engineer, Max Nordby, gives a nod from the control room and the recording light clicks on. For the next sixty minutes, whatever comes out of Baerd’s fingers will become the gospel of his premiere EP. No pressure.
Recorded in three one-hour sessions at UI Sound Studios, the fully improvised album, Perfectish, flirts with most genres — fingerstyle, flamenco, folk, funk, blues, jazz, rock and even some surprise instruments. Are there mistakes? Almost certainly, but it’s hard to tell. As Baerd says in an early narration (punctuating the music), “I’m going to play some cool notes, I’m going to play some weird notes, but I guarantee that all the notes I play will be notes.”
Somewhere between a traditional instrumental album, a podcast and a live improv show, the Perfectish collection feels surprisingly personal. All three of the hour-long tracks are named after a specific listening situation, such as For Pretending to Work or For a Longish Commute. The third and final recording, For Finally Going for It, even has an accompanying video filmed in the studio with zero edits or cuts.
For those interested in the creative process, flow states and composition — it’s here in spades. For those just looking for some nice background music, that’s here too. How does Adam Baerd feel about his debut experiment? Look no further than the title. The three hours of improvised guitarwork is now available on Spotify, Bandcamp, and lots of other places.