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Unsound Americans

by Various Artists

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This is a FREE compilation, created out of love and respect for Bowie and his collaborators.

"This is a very strong, unique and most importantly a heartfelt tribute to the late and great David Bowie. The bands/ artists all bring something original to their tracks and don't merely play it safe. This is what Bowie did with his covers, he made them his own and it is what he would have appreciated to have happen with his music." - Sean Palfrey, Intravenous Magazine
www.intravenousmag.co.uk/2016/07/review-various-artists-unsound-americans.html?m=1

On January 10th of 2016, David Bowie -- music and fashion icon, purveyor of the weird, wild, and new -- passed away after a fight with cancer.

Bowie's music has spread around the world and reached into the hearts of millions of listeners. His music inspired, uplifted, challenged and seduced us. He created generations of new songwriters, producers, singers and other artists in his image.

I am one of them.

I first fell in love with Bowie's album 1.Outside a few short years after it had been released and had been panned by his audience and critics alike. I found it to be a powerful, immersive concept album that broke rules; it was confusing as hell -- and full of magic, studded with hidden gems.

On the day Bowie died, I sat down at the piano and taught myself to play the last song from 1.Outside, "Strangers When We Meet." Not being Mike Garson, I could only really play the chords -- and I found myself adapting the song anew, finding my own voice inside it.

I was reminded of all those intimate life moments I experienced to a soundtrack of Bowie's music -- love and heartbreak, exhilaration and rage, fear and awe. My whole life, Bowie's music has been there. And I realized that I had many friends with whom I shared a bond -- a love for this music and the creative, spiritual entity behind it. That is how this tribute was born.

This compilation features my friends, over a dozen of them, who gave their time, energy, and passion to produce 16 covers with me for this tribute specifically. Some are professional, veteran singer/songwriters -- and others rarely record or perform at all. However, each of us had a favorite Bowie song, and we all worked tirelessly to honor the music and man in this pursuit.

We each found our own voice in this music. As producer, this was a profound and almost supernatural thing to experience.

Bowie was no saint. He likely wasn't an alien. And we know he was not immortal. But don't let any of these things distract from the inimitable, awesome cultural force he represents -- still -- from the 20th century into the 21st. He gave us new tools of self-expression. He gave us new lenses through which to examine the world. He gave us new insights into the heart and mind -- timeless and precious in their quality.

He is dearly missed.

-- KMP

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Mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering
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released July 15, 2016

"Cat People"
written by David Bowie and Giorgio Moroder
performed by Koira
vocals, bass guitar: Zoe Gillespie
guitar: Bruce Beerman
backing vocals, synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
fragileweapons.bandcamp.com

"The Hearts Filthy Lesson"
written by David Bowie, Brian Eno, Reeves Gabrels, Erdal Kizilcay, Sterling Campbell
performed by Sean Fairchild
bass guitar, vocals: Sean Fairchild
synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter and Sean Fairchild
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
www.seanfairchild.com

"Quicksand"
written by David Bowie
performed by Marc Stowe
vocals, guitar, piano, synths: Marc Stowe
mixing: Robert Trapp at 31 West Studios, Goodlettsville, TN
produced by Marc Stowe at 37Ten Nashville, TN
soundcloud.com/marc-stowe

"Young Americans"
written by David Bowie
performed by Jasen Samford
vocals, guitar, bass, percussion: Jasen Samford
piano: Kyle Porter
drums: Bob Zammit (recorded by Jasen Samford)
saxophone: Nate Henry (recorded by Robbie Houston)
backing vocals: Anna Porter, Martha Porter, Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America

"Heroes"
written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
performed by Alphanaut
vocals: Mark Alan (recorded by Austyn James)
backing vocals: Austyn James
guitar, synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
www.planetalphanaut.com

"China Girl"
written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop
performed by Fusion Faktor
vocals, guitars, bass guitar: Bruce Beerman
backing vocals, synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
www.reverbnation.com/fusionfaktor

"The Man Who Sold The World"
written by David Bowie
performed by Blackberry Lily
vocals, violin: Janelle Brown
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
fragileweapons.bandcamp.com

"Ashes To Ashes"
written by David Bowie
performed by Shadow Cast Me
vocals: Ron Lipke
synths/programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
www.thewalkingwoundedmusic.com

"I'm Afraid of Americans"
written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
performed by Andrew Chapman
vocals, voice synth samples: Andrew Chapman (recorded by Andrew Chapman)
synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
algerbay.bandcamp.com

"As The World Falls Down"
written by David Bowie
performed by Anna Marie
vocals: Anna Marie
saxophone: Lindale Berger
guitar: Jasen Samford
bass guitar: Bruce Beerman
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America

"Fame"
written by David Bowie and John Lennon
performed by Sombra
vocals: Nova Dobrev
guitar: Morgan Sobel
synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America

"Starman"
written by David Bowie
performed by Jason Jordan
vocals, guitar: Jason Jordan (recorded by Jason Jordan)
saxophone: Lindale Berger
backing vocals: Zoe Gillespie, Bruce Beerman, Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
www.lazerkitty.com

"Scary Monsters"
written by David Bowie
performed by Gerald "GothiCello" Nicks
vocals: Gerald "GothiCello" Nicks
synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
gothicello.bandcamp.com

"I'm Deranged"
written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
performed by Deanna Lee and Jackie Gee
vocals: Deanna Lee
cello: Jackie Gee
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America

"Let's Dance"
written by David Bowie
performed by Ryan Olson
vocals: Ryan Olson
guitars, bass guitar: Bruce Beerman
synths, programming: Kyle Porter
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America
aedifice.bandcamp.com

"Strangers When We Meet"
written by David Bowie
performed by Kyle Michael Porter
vocals, piano, guitar: Kyle Porter
saxophone, flute: Lindale Berger
bass guitar: Bruce Beerman
mixing: Kyle Porter
recorded/produced by Kyle Porter at Unsound America

Artwork by Morgan Sobel
www.facebook.com/thefaceofwater/

Mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering

"Starman" mastered by Kyle Porter at Unsound America

Curated and produced by Kyle Porter, Unsound America
www.unsoundamerica.com

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U/A is a music "label" which serves as home to a number of projects and recordings, including solo work by Kyle Porter, collaborations with Ron Lipke and Vox Mod, and many others. Style and genre vary from one record to the next, and new material is being added regularly. Commercial use without explicit permission is illegal. ... more

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