For the Self
Todd Wright's acoustic guitar playing is an impressive display of musical expression. His debut album, For the Self...combines warm tones and rich textures that take the listener on a brilliant musical voyage. This is how it all got started... Long Island in the late eighties meant two things to a guitar player: heavy metal and hair bands. All you needed was a loud amplifier, a good distortion pedal, and the ability to shred a thousand notes per second and you were golden! Long, flowing locks and tight, ripped jeans also went over famously, especially with the chicks. When Todd Wright left the Island for college in the early nineties, his dorm roommates weren't exactly receptive to the distortion, the loud amplifier, or the tight jeans for that matter. In order to feed the musical fire he had burning inside him, he needed a place to practice. It was then that Todd resolved to bring an acoustic guitar sensibility to the dormitory basement and stairwells. This led to an interesting discovery.... Throughout his college years, Todd experimented with alternative tunings for the guitar. He retraced his roots finding inspiration in the acoustic stylings of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, but when he was introduced to the music of Michael Hedges, that's when all hell broke loose. Fascinated by the texture and dynamics of his playing, Todd began to incorporate these influences into his own unique style. What he created was an original synthesis that acts as the foundation for his new sound. Upon relocating to Boston after college, Todd discovered Nick Drake, who soon became the catalyst for imbibing a softer, somber element into his music. Using a combination of fingerpicking, flatpicking, and harmonics, Todd's music evolves from the improvisational journeys that he thinks are the essence of all musical exploration. Also a painter experimenting with abstract expressionism, Todd's interest in abandoning traditional structures led him to a job as lead guitar player for the successful psychedelic act Dr. Didg. After playing and touring the U.S., Europe, and Canada for two years, he was determined to create something of his own. Todd's music is accessible through many avenues. Often described as 'thought provoking' and 'meditative,' the delicate sounds of his guitar can calm you over your morning paper and coffee or coax you into dreamland when you're laying down to sleep. Todd crafts his songs carefully, paying careful attention to the mood he is attempting to set. He then constructs his melodic ideas around these settings, holding the forms together with strong dynamics and effectively placed space. When asked to categorize his own thoughts, he has described his music as: 'contemplative, serious music that is perfect for cuddling up with that special someone, watching the snow come down in the afternoon, relaxing by the fire with a glass of wine, or sitting on the porch at twilight.' If Pete Yorn has 'Music for the Morning After,' Todd Wright has music for the night before and all those tranquil moments in between. His songs can be embraced by everyone, young and old, and those who claim to be neither.