Bottle Up and Explode

by Blake Farha

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Bottle Up and Explode is a record I've made to help remind me of my love of making music, to pay tribute to my favorite musician, Elliott Smith, and to grow and improve as a musician and singer through the challenge of recreating his immensely powerful and deceptively complex music.

The name of the record is both the title of an excellent Elliott Smith song and a reference to this project being the culmination of emotions that were searching for release. Focusing on the recording of this album kept me calm in a time of upheaval and uncertainty, and provided a safe outlet during a very tumultuous period.

It's my first attempt at home recording, and is perhaps best enjoyed through a nice pair of headphones.

DISCLAIMER: I want to stress that none of the music or lyrics on this album consist of my original content. All the music and lyrics on this album were originally written by Elliott Smith, and all rights belong to him. This is a personal project I wanted to share with friends, and I in no way intend to take credit for the music or lyrics on this album, nor do I intend to profit in any way imaginable from the release of this music.

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released July 17, 2017

Music and lyrics by Elliott Smith

Performance and recording by Blake Farha

Photo by Jazz Meyer

Thanks to Travis for introducing me to Elliott Smith.

Thanks to Sam for sharing in my love of Elliott's music, and loaning me his microphone.

Thanks to Tim for helping me improve the recording quality.

Thanks to Safa, Jazz, and Travis, without whose feedback and words of encouragement this album might never have seen the light of day.

Thanks to Elliott Smith, whose music inspires me endlessly and continues to help see me through my most difficult moments.

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Blake Farha Berlin, Germany

Blake Farha is a native Texan singer/songwriter who has been playing and writing music for over 17 years.

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