Santa Fe singer-songwriter Will Schreitz crafts emotionally raw originals that resonate with the work of outsider musician Daniel Johnston. His self-titled album comes packaged in a brown paper bag and features colorful crayon-and-ink cover art. The 11 songs were recorded on Boss digital eight-track, with the emphasis on capturing vocal intensity and ardently imprecise guitar strumming over perfect takes. “The recording process was mostly me recording in Maryland at my parents' house after dropping out of school,” Schreitz explained. Lyrically these songs take unexpected turns and often draw on the real and imagined animal kingdoms. “I am the gargoyle,” Schreitz declares in “Lion Eyes.” Then, in “Sperm Whale (American Dream),” he recounts a dream encounter between a sperm whale and a squid: “It was love at first sight, so I took a big bite/And carried her up to my home in the sunlight.” On a few a cappella tracks, Schreitz layers howls over wails. Other songs, like “I Live in a Cave,” vacillate between a state of mellow reflection and beat-oriented drive. That one, despite its rhythmic jaggedness and out-of-tune-ness, is oddly evocative of Thom Yorke’s solo work. “Silent” brings this deeply sentimental album to a close with words that capture the dreamlike desolation of the work as a whole: “All your lucky stars have fallen down.” Look for Schreitz busking at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Saturdays.
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