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Woo'd Early

by Free Dust

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Scott This is guitar ambience that doesn't settle for draping the listener with cloying, inactive drones like a warm weighted blanket - this music achieves its calming effect by opening things up just enough to relieve any pressure I'm feeling. "Miss'd" fills the room with its clean tones while simultaneously creating the effect of it being a much larger space than it is when at high volume.

The record has a cleaner sound than one might expect from color vinyl and was well-protected for mailing. Favorite track: Miss'd.
Jack Fay
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Jack Fay Listened on my way to work and had a truly transcendent subway ride. What a joyful listen.
Dano Williams
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Dano Williams A soundtrack to the open air
Charlie Moonbeam
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Charlie Moonbeam I love any release by Sage.

I love ambient guitar work.

This record from his Free Dust project is a match made in heaven.
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Early Gray 05:14
Throw'd 07:27
Courtage 02:59
Courier 04:39
Cresting 05:54
Miss'd 07:54
Later Gray 04:34


For a year, in 2015, Matthew Sage (aka M. Sage) cataloged near-daily recordings made with a very narrow creative constraint; electric guitar and a few pedals, all recorded and mixed directly to cassette 4-track. Eschewing the often complex studio gadgetry and computer editing that he relies on for his primary project, Free Dust became a respite that offered room for technique to fall away and for pure expression to surface. He collected and released more than two-and-a-half hours of this material throughout the year as quarterly digital downloads; this body of work was then re-released as a double-CD in 2019 on his now-defunct label Patient Sounds.

Now, Past Inside the Present presents a new collection of Free Dust material, the first proper LP for this project. Woo’d Early is a succinct diurnal counter to the sprawling dusk-settling realms of Archive; these fluttering dawn-oriented guitar works, using the same constraints that originally defined the project, were recorded in the very early mornings of late Summer and early Fall 2019. Instead of cerebral evening ruminations, these are billowing guitar atmospheres as casual morning ponderings. Where Archive was a diaristic account of acclimating to a new life in a new city, Woo’d Early is mornings having adapted. Reveling in the constraints presented by restricted gear, Sage explores melody and texture with an inquisitive, sensitive, and casual curiosity. Not without their hiccups, complications, and delightful quirks, these mostly-docile reflections are a mottled silver sliver of the complicated peace that mornings and maturation present every day; the tender and gray midwestern sky, chalky and pale before the rustling of the day has shaken off the evening’s inky dust.


released January 29, 2021

Written, recorded and produced by Matthew Sage
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 2019
Mastered at Schwebung Mastering (Germany) by Stephan Mathieu
Photography, design and assemblage by Matthew Sage
Created using electric guitar, electronics and magnetic tape design

Thanks PITP, TLS


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