by Janet Feder

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The irrepressibly iconoclastic Janet Feder – a classically-trained guitarist who broke bad and now prepares her baritone instruments, a composer invested in both timeless melody and relentless sonic innovation, a disarmingly honest and intimate vocalist – is nothing if not determined to take her listeners, and herself, on a journey ever closer to an elusive aesthetic ideal. That ideal, which Feder has aspired to throughout twenty years of artistry and four critically acclaimed albums, now arrives fully and exquisitely realized in her most seminal work to date, T H I S C L O S E.

Recorded with a who’s who of Colorado musicians and technicians, T H I S C L O S E delivers on the promise of Feder’s unique talent in myriad ways. The ultra high-fidelity DSD Pure recording practically places the listener in Feder’s three-dimensional space, giving her guitar the whole, round tones of an entire orchestra. The complex technical beauty of the music is matched by the emotional underpinnings of the compositions and improvisations themselves. On the three songs with lyrics, Feder sings expressively about hard-earned truth, and the music matches her words. Her use of found sounds and percussive guitar work illustrate her language with often chilling accuracy.

Free from genre, T H I S C L O S E both acknowledges and is simultaneously unmoored from the trappings of jazz, classical, avant, folk or pop, creating a new musical lexicon and aesthetic ideal alike. A genius guitar player with a lyrical heart, an instrumentalist with a lovely voice, a true independent with a gift for the masses, Janet Feder makes the seemingly disparate coexist naturally.


released 29 May 2015

JF / baritone guitars, electric guitar, banjo, voice, plucked piano, prepared hammer dulcimer, sounds
Todd Bilsborough / percussion
Kal Cahoone / backing vocal, accordion
Marc Dalio / percussion
Elaine DiFalco / accordion
Mike Fitzmaurice / double bass, bass harmonica
Paul Fowler / piano (inside & out), voice
Mark Harris / bass clarinet
Amy Shelley / percussion
Joe Shepard / studio door
Mike Yach / electric guitar, cymbaled spring

Recording / Mixing: Mike Yach
Produced by: Joe Shepard with Mike Yach and JF
Stereo Mastering: Dominick Maita
Surround Mastering: Gus Skinas
Authoring: Gus Skinas



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A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores. Check her out on NPR:
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