Note: All this month Second Stage is featuring artists from the RPM Challenge, 'The Wire' magazine's annual open invitation for musicians to produce an entire album in just one month. All songs featured are from CDs written and recorded in Feb.
When Brooklyn, NY singer-songwriter Amelia Marzec set out to write and record an entire album in February, she decided to keep the songs short, simple and sweet. Gesture Sketch is a collection of ten, very spare, lo-fi songs Marzec says she recorded "secretly in (her) bedroom." It features the fragile, moody track "Some Girl, Some Bar, Some Other Time."
"This is a song about the kind of girl my ex is dating," says Marzec. "It came together magically when I found out about her, by accident."
Marzec writes and records under the name The Missed Connections. "I come from a very musical family so we had a lot of instruments in the house," she says. "I eventually got tired of playing other people's songs, and last year I decided to try writing my own."
The production on Gesture Sketch is airy and rustic but very intimate. Marzec made the recordings using free software she downloaded via the Internet, her computer and a microphone. She says the lo-fi do-it-yourself approach to songwriting suits her best. "It's like putting my soul on paper. I am a fairly quiet person, and this is what's actually in my head. It is also very calming to play. I heard a lot of folk music growing up. It is very accessible, you don't need any special equipment. You can just sit down and play anywhere."