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Études for Acoustic Guitar (Same Animal, Different Cages vol. 1)

by David First

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Étude #3 02:38
Étude #4 03:57
Étude #5 05:10
Étude #7 02:07
Étude #8 04:10
Étude #12 02:13
Étude #13 01:38
Étude #14 06:04
Étude #15 02:00
Étude #17 04:17
Étude #20 02:43
Étude #31 07:05


“Since the passing of Derek Bailey, no guitarist has subverted the purpose of the instrument as on this confounding and fascinating album”—Lars Gotrich/NPRMusic

I didn’t even know First was interested in playing solo acoustic guitar, so I have to admit being blown away by him making a record so utterly unlike any I’ve heard before…no matter how much you know about First, the sounds here are so bracingly different they immediately induce a slacking of the jaw—Marc Masters/The Out Door

“First executes an amazing series of studies which bring into question the very nature of that elusive vapor we call music…I don’t know of anyone else who’d have the will to do this, he is literally allowing us into his creative process and if you don’t believe me then prepare yourself for the payoff”—Peter Marks/Santa Sangre

‘This album is probably not like any you’ve heard for acoustic guitar before…To the inexperienced ear–honestly there’s not a lot of music out there that could get you ready for what this is”—Yeezus Walk With Me


released November 16, 2020

originally released May 2, 2016

David First - Guild D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee Acoustic Guitar
All compositions by David First
All tracks recorded at Higher Office Studios.
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering.
Album artwork by Joao Da Silva.

"Same Animal, Different Cages" is made possible in part through the generous support of the New Music USA Project Grant program.


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David First New York

David’s bands/projects include his psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, SWATi - a drone collaboration with acupuncturist Isobeau Trybula, The Western Enisphere - an audio/visual exploration of psycho-perception, and the AM Radio Band – a solo project for vintage signal generators, oscillators and transistor radios. He is also the proprietor of “Dave’s Waves" – a sonic restaurant A/V installation. ... more

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