I’m Not Citified — Soul Workout

Damon Arvid
Jul 15 · 3 min read

latest in the Fabric Discography released

The latest in the fabric music project is up and centers on I’m Not Citified and Soul Workout. It’s from an upcoming project called Furtive Karma. The video was shot in Bali and it’s pretty self explanatory, the songs came to me in Vancouver last year. For listening, headphones work best.

Damon Arvid — vocals, flute, ukulele, bass, guitar

Ian Joseph — guitar

Kaloy del puerto — bass, ukulele

Sharif Haddadin — drums

I have been low key in this, how could one not be in this distractified world, without committing the cardinal mistake of going viral?

The fabric — Summon These Days project began three years ago with Chasing Sun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwqVyfxMyY&t=3003s

and has culminated in the most recent All Fall Down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUi-vdXM5MI&list=PLQA-PT6ZcAnp8RllRe1ZSdM32JK9bkast&index=3

and Ringo (Into the Donut Shop):

There are about a dozen other albums and tracks, the playlist works just fine:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQA-PT6ZcAnp8RllRe1ZSdM32JK9bkast

Vision of fabric:

Fabric is envisioned as all original, organic, no beats creation that (as explored in other articles) have long term value beyond any algorithm-driven skin.

I put the first album Chasing Sun on Spotify and that has gradually grown organic followers after being separated from the techno project it was lumped with during its first year-and-a-half of existence.

That it is getting several hundred listens a month from followers who appeared out of nowhere is not my doing. Don’t panic, it’s organic.

The rest of the music is only on Youtube and not getting viewers or listeners. Until an alternative to AI-driven Internet skins (file under human curation, Knowledge Infill) emerges, that is by design. It’s an ouevre for those who care or chance upon the project.

The concept behind the creation of fabric itself is pretty interesting, most musicians take a while to understand what we are doing and how I arrange and operate. But they seem to like it once they do. I’m not going to delve into the musical innards here, but here are some basics:

Story of fabric

The bamboo flute has its genesis in college days at UC Santa Cruz, and a roommate who brought back a keta from Bolivia. I got pretty darn good at it during a season in the wilderness, to the point where he wanted it back.

Fast forward 20 years, I’m on a beach in the Philippines and I come across an after hours jam at the Red Pirates with tribal flutes. I hop on one and it’s fish to water.

I found the sturdy, lightweight bamboo flute travels easy and gradually I started playing a good deal. Started picking up interesting wood flutes where I found them.

Getting an agent for a book that never sold inspired me to spend a season in Tulum honing skills and learning what made people dance, writhe, sun salute, and boogie.

The next year I jammed with a solid reggae musician in the Philippines and a couple weeks later had a dream. Woke up scratching my head and wondering what Bob Marley song I was humming,….. that was Fly Away Home.

Realized how dissatisfied I was with the music around me and decided to put what was in my head down in the studio. Fast forward a couple months to Dumaguete and the crude, yet effective Chasing Sun sessions that also feature Aletheia Ellwood Cedino’s cult hit Eat the Fruit.

I have spent the last few months making videos for most of the music of the past three years. The music may most immediately attract those into jazz, blues, tribal, freak folk (I heard Love’s Forever Changes referred to as that), whatever you want to call it.

The mixes here probably work best on monitors (headphones), I don’t have a huge budget and have done best I can, focusing more on getting real musicians down on tape than audio purity.

Damon Arvid

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damonarvid.com — Cloud novelist, composer (Fabric - Summon These Days). Medium is basically my ledgered original content workbook. Skins vs. fabric.

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