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