Alex Arrowsmith is a dude from Portland, OR who makes quirky-but-sometimes-not music that for some reason often ends up sounding like late-80s/early 90s alternative college rock. He likes They Might Be Giants as much as he likes The Cure. He's been doing his thing since 2001, self-releasing too many CDs for anyone to give a crap about. Most of his music sounds pretty polished, but this album, MODERNITY LEAVE, was recorded on a dying four-track. Alex didn't spend longer than an hour recording any song, and often the songs were written immediately before recording them. This resulted in a very rough set of songs, in contrast to his recent albums APPLEWINE and MISSING BRIEFCASE. It's also very unlike SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND and NEVERMIND, but that may already be obvious. Babysue.com has this to say about MODERNITY LEAVE: Portland's Alex Arrowsmith returns with another independently released CD-R. This time around Alex takes a different approach, presenting his songs simply without spending a lot of time on the recording process (according to the press release he 'didn't spend longer than an hour recording any song'...cool!). This sounds markedly different from the last album we heard from this fellow. So...which is better, the more traditional sound...or the simpler stripped down approach...? In actuality, both work. There's a lot to take in here as Alex presents no less than 36 new tracks (yow!). We love it when artists go off on a tangent like this...recording for their own enjoyment rather than trying to come up with music that will please potential fans. Our favorites include 'Kill Me On A Friday,' 'Space Elevator,' 'The Universe Wins,' 'Get A Job, Hippie,' and 'Yes, I Wanted To.' True creative expressions.