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experimental/noisy/lofi/saccharine/acoustic guitar-based bedroom tunes rooted in improvisation, twinkly stars, fatiguing frequencies, contemporary emo, shoegaze, and sound-collage. the human excuse started as 'the fourth angel' in 2002. since becoming 'the human excuse' in 2004, the project has released four albums and one 5-way split. all albums except for the first were self-produced. into working with new people/new labels.
"The Human Excuse is Justin Marc Lloyd, formerly of Baltimore, MD, now residing in Chicago, IL. Justin stopped playing shows as The Human Excuse after the third release, stating that the songs he was writing were 'way too reliant on post-production. Plus, I sound like a total whining wiener sitting on a stool strumming a guitar. If I ever played live, it would have to be one of those things where I get a bunch of people to play with. And that's okay because these songs belong on my couch and in my basement. It's a selfish project because I'm making these disjointed albums and songs and never staying true to a genre if I don't feel like it. The recording process has become ten times more fun since I started experimenting more with incorporating atonal/textural elements, and more abstract or unconventional methods of recording and layering. Plus, I just don't think the songs I write are meant for pristine, pop-music studio production. That's where I wanted to go after writing my first two albums. I wanted to be what Bon Iver eventually became. But I think I'd rather just be myself, no matter what project I'm recording music for. That means being weird about everything.'
The Human Excuse tracks can be anywhere from no song at all, to absolutely gorgeous acoustically-based songs that are dressed up in effects. A lot of these songs are made for those who used to listen to second-wave emo bands in their teens. A lot of these songs are made BY someone who did the same, and still does. But although some of these jams are capable of slicing up your heart with Dancing Knives (that's one of THE's most popular songs! Lloyd has actually remixed it twice, as well as released other people covering it on his label!), there is a fun, collage-y feel to his albums. This element has increased steadily from album to album. Little snippets in between songs of this and that, maybe a guitar riff that never made it into a song, various cats and dogs, industrial sounds, the usual bird tweets, conversations with people whom the song is about, maybe a bunch of feedback, distortion, tinkering with electronics or percussion...
Oh, and get this... the guy's main endeavor is running a cassette label and making avant-garde, abstract, psychedelic, and out of this world experimental sound-art using home-made electronics and everything under the sink. Although more recent T.H.E. albums hint at the world of noise music, it's incorporated in such a way that doesn't at all hint at Justin's live electronics endeavors (check out his work as himself (Justin Marc Lloyd), Pregnant Spore, or World Of White Ice. The Human Excuse is clearly a nostalgia-fueled singer-songwriting project that naturally evolved into something more complicated, strange, and/or mature as Lloyd grew as a person. But it is only one outlet of creative freedom, and Lloyd requires many. "