New music release! “NPE,” a 20-minute concept EP about anxiety, computers, and irreversible life choices

I’m pleased to announce a new music project I’ve been working on for the past year (and teasing on Twitter for the past week)!

NPE is a 20-minute mostly-instrumental concept EP I’m releasing under the name OneKilotonSun. I began writing these tracks in early 2017 as way of working through feelings of midlife anxiety, day-job stress, post-election depression, and generic winter blues.

“NPE” is an acronym for null pointer exception, which is a type of programming error where the computer expects to find a value but finds nothing — null — instead. I thought it was a fitting title to describe what I was experiencing at the time: sudden, frustrating setbacks caused by literally nothing. Anyway, you don’t have to know anything about computers to enjoy this EP, trust me.

It’s hard to describe this music. Loop-and-guitar art rock? In a lot of ways NPE is a nod to my early influences — Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Alan Parsons Project — stuff I listened to when I was learning guitar in the first place. Which is to say, there are quite a few guitar solos.

Now at Bandcamp for your listening/purchasing pleasure (and iTunes to come later). If you’re not ready to commit to the full 20-minute odyssey, you can jump right to the single version of “Throwable” to get a taste. My fave track however is without a doubt “Exception” which is built on a riff I originally wrote when I was 22, and tracked last year with ace drummer Don Gunn, who also mastered the EP.

All net proceeds from NPE will go to the Girls Rock Camp Foundation — which is also true for all my other music too.

So very glad to push this out into the world. Enjoy.

June 4, 2018