“The melody and familiar rhythm make it sound like a song to rouse a group of friends at the end of a night of camping, after drinking a few beers.” – Atwood Magazine
“Inspired by paradoxical elements of life and examining his own transition into his current lifestyle, Alan Getto finds a perfect balance between various dualities through his artistic expression.”
– American Blues Scene
“Alan Getto stands out with pure musical simplicity.” – Indie Band Guru
Alternative folk songwriter and guitarist Alan Getto shares his new single, “Soap In My Whiskey,” today via Atwood Magazine. His debut album, Versus, is due out August 18th, 2017. The LP was recorded over one long weekend at Studio 101A in Southern New Hampshire. The recordings were mixed by Simon Katz and mastered by Jonathan Wyner (David Bowie, Nirvana, Miles Davis) a Berklee professor and Chief Mastering Engineer at M-Works.
Atwood Magazine premiered “Soap In My Whiskey,” stating, “Getto’s simple acoustic number is soft, sweet, and easy to pick-up on. The melody is familiar like a lullaby or, more fittingly, a campfire sing-along.” American Blues Scene debuted lead single, “Change,” calling it “one of the 11 impressive tracks on Getto’s upcoming album.” Inspired by paradoxical elements of life and examining his own transition into his current lifestyle, Getto finds a perfect balance between various dualities through his artistic expression. Having recently located to an unfinished farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania from Brooklyn, Versus presents Getto’s personal confrontation with his own ambivalence. The album intentionally plays with cliché oppositions such as nature vs. the city, good vs. the bad and male vs. female. One can’t exist without the other, and for anything to exist, there must be a degree of conflict: “the versus.”
Getto’s guitar-driven, simple melodies act as a backbone for the lyrical emphasis in his music. Having studied literature, theology, and philosophy in college, his lyrics pay homage to these intense, existential topics, but with a unique, irreverent spin. Tracks, “Soap In My Whiskey,” and “It’s Fine; You’re Ugly,” present Getto’s blunt voice and narrative, with gorgeous melodies and organic, roots-y instrumentals. Getto is inspired by rock, blues and folk legends, such as Tom Waits and The Band, and newer folk artists including, Steve Gunn, Lady Lamb, The Tallest Man On Earth and Deer Tick.
Once Getto had the concept, which was embodied by Leah Blanchette’s cover art, he enlisted friends to play on the album: three out of four members of the Boston “guerilla roots” band Damn Tall Buildings, along with cellist Kurt Villiard, drummer Tim Maxwell and pianist Jeff Davison.
Having previously released a live EP, All Different Times, Versus is the first full-length body of work to be released by Getto. While in Brooklyn, Getto performed around the city at various venues but has since moved out to the country, where he’ll finish renovations on his farmhouse during the release of the record.
VERSUS – TRACKLISTING
02. In Transit
03. Same Old World
04. Edges Of The World
05. Ever Since
06. It’s Fine; You’re Ugly
08. Heard A Ring
09. Into The Briars
10. Soap In My Whiskey
11. Bottom Of Infinity (Bonus Track)
08.24 – Pianos – New York, NY
08.28 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
09.23 – Riverwalk Cafe – Nashua, NH
10.14 – Keynote Cafe – Jeannette, PA