Do Not Listen Vol. 1

by Sheer Velocity

(free) 03:27


"Exotic, often metallic, harmonically nebulous, textural/orchestrated daredevil instrumental guitar rock -- equal parts absurdity and loveliness"


From early January to mid-March 2012, I went on a recording rampage, during which I wrote and tracked about one instrumental a day (sometimes more). When each session was done, the mix was exported to a folder titled "Do Not Listen". This intention was to open the folder at a later date and listen with fresh ears, to see what I liked. I figured I'd pick a dozen or so faves and put them online.

It turned out I liked a lot more of the 60-odd tracks than I was expecting, so I'm releasing a couple dozen of them in two installments. Here is Volume 1; another full-length album, Volume 2, will come shortly.

One of my main goals in this music was to come up with beautiful but very challenging chord progressions to play over. Another recurring theme seems to be harmonic ambiguity and rhythmic disjointedness; in other words, the sound track to gorgeous nightmares.

And thanks to Matt Picone at Fractal Audio (AxeFX) and Joe Waltz and Alan Chaput at Eventide (the 'Factor stompboxes) for helping me achieve all the sonic demolitions I hear in my head, and more.

~andee blacksugar


praise for earlier Sheer Velocity releases:

"A precision-fingered assemblage of daredevil works...its exotic geometries will be impressed in the fertile fields of your musical mind" - FRACTAL AUDIO

"Like early Steve Vai with Rob Zombie producing. Really clever compositions and soundscapes...the best guitar album I've heard in years!" - ANDY WOOD, Down From Up

"F**king amazing!" - DUG PINNICK (King's X)

"Dude you are the SICKEST!" - VERNON REID (Living Colour)


"Sounds like Jeff Beck on acid" - Fabrice Pieri

"Andee Blacksugar is on another planet." - D. A. Karkos

"Guaranteed to: rattle your brain/twist your ear drums in knots/make you feel like you've fallen into a gigantic kaleidoscope/make you feel like you're fleeing a futuristic city that's about to explode while riding on a magic carpet as you're being pursued by sexy shape-shifters in a space ship." - Teague Clements

"This reminds me of the first time I listened to Flex-Able from Steve Vai" - Chad Von Haden

"If you play guitar, this may be frustrating for you. This guy creates more top notch music than anyone I know!!" - Matt Farley

"Fusion, jazz, metal, how about just plain brilliant. Fasten your seat belts. Another can of whup ass from Andee Blacksugar." - Hank Dunne

"The Salvador Dali of guitar" - Jeff Campbell


released March 26, 2012

Andee Blacksugar -- all noises
D. A. Karkos -- cover image



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Sheer Velocity Brooklyn, New York

When Andee Blacksugar is not busy tending to his hair, he records stacks and stacks of stream-of-consciousness instrumentals like these.

Sheer Velocity is a creative palette-cleansing, which drains off the more bizarre and indulgent musical notions that rattle around in this songwriter's head.

Each piece is conceived, written, recorded and mixed in one sitting.
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