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heartfelt experimental acoustic bedroom tunes intertwined with the roots of contemporary emo, shoegaze, sound-collage and noise. the human excuse was started as 'the fourth angel' in 2002. since becoming 'the human excuse' in 2004, the project has self-released (or released on the artist's label) four albums and one 5-way split. all albums except for the first were self-recorded.

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heartfelt experimental acoustic bedroom tunes intertwined with the roots of contemporary emo, shoegaze, sound-collage and noise. the human excuse was started as 'the fourth angel' in 2002. since becoming 'the human excuse' in 2004, the project has self-released (or released on the artist's label) four albums and one 5-way split. all albums except for the first were self-recorded.

"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 hire a bunch of people to do whatever I tell them to do. But I don't want to do that and I don't think I could, either. And that's okay because these songs belong in the bedroom. It's such 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 performing or recording. For instance, almost all of the ambient synth sounds are just a guitar. And when drums occasionally appear, they are usually just me hitting shit in my room. Studio magic with free software...you can't go wrong. 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.'

The Human Excuse tracks can be anywhere from no song at all, but rather field recordings and sound-collage, to absolutely gorgeous acoustically-based songs that are dressed up in effects, field recordings, maybe a drum machine or a guest appearance, or whatever else. A lot of these songs are really 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, and too much more.

The Human Excuse is too disjointed, damaged and chock full of surprises for fans of Bon Iver, old Dashboard Confessional, Mineral, The Lindsay Diaries, Sufjan Stevens and Superstitions In The Sky. Some of which Justin considers influences. On the other hand, the songs are too saccharine, sentimental, or nauseatingly weepy for Thanksgiving, Mount Eerie, or Xiu Xiu fanatics. And in this case, all of which Justin considers heavy-hitting favorites of his.

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 THE 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 [Invalid Artist] or Inappropriate King Live. 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. Especially considering the project was started in his early high-school years and it actually still exists."

the human excuse justin lloyd, chicago, United States

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