Perfect Tears CD


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Perfect Tears is the culmination of the sound I developed over the previous six years, blending electronic textures with piano.

I had wildly unrealistic hopes for the album, prompting me to press twice as many CDs as I should have and pay $4000 for an international radio campaign.

The promoter assured me that the tracks were in regular rotation on over 40 commercial radio stations in France and Italy. The stations definitely existed, and some even had websites, which in 2000 wasn’t a given. Yet no one ever reached out to me after hearing “Stare Out the Window” on the radio.

Here in the US, I promoted the album through a series of personal ads. It felt innovative at the time, but in retrospect, I suppose you could call it a stunt. It certainly wasn’t effective or newsworthy.

Chin up! There were some wins. I sent “Ordinary & Free” to Recording Magazine and it got a glorious review. Solely on the merits of the recording, mind you. More than 20 years later, it still holds up.

“April’s Bonfire” was a favorite amongst the modern synthpop crowd. That and “Acting Class” were produced on the ReBirth RB-338 software synthesizer, which combines two Roland TB-303 emulations with a Roland TR-808. I just slapped piano and vocals on top.

The most beloved song, and certainly one of my best ever, is “For Good.” If any track from my first five albums deserves to be rerecorded, it’s this one.

I’ve got not one but two piano/vocal numbers: the embarrassingly intimate “Until Last Night” and “Now I Know,” which could probably be a singer-songwriter hit with a better singer. It’s my all-time most-played track on Pandora by a wide margin.

  1. Stare Out the Window
  2. April’s Bonfire
  3. New Year’s Eve
  4. Long Distance Martyr
  5. Now I Know
  6. Guilt Reflected
  7. Ordinary & Free
  8. Faces
  9. Acting Class
  10. For Good
  11. Souvenir
  12. Until Last Night
  • In white tray jewel case with 8-page booklet, limited to 2000 copies worldwide
  • Includes immediate download in high-quality 320 kbps mp3 format

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