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brenda bunn
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brenda bunn lovely and warm keys and soundscapes meet deconstructed jazz instrumentation. fun, soft, and warm.

it's so rare to stumble upon this honest a project. very real gem in its process, woven with empathy and compassion at every step. my flowers are growing nicely. Favorite track: spill.
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TheSlowMusicMovement In troubling times it's good to see an artist call to arms, especially when those arms are caring, open wide & ready to embrace. Check out the reconstructed live jazz session rooted, laid back, soulful beats & fine sentiments of Smileswithteeth.
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Dakota Sillyman One of my favorite tapes in recent memory. Every track resonates deeply. Favorite track: us.
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love 02:16
mend 03:15
fill 03:23
you stopped filling the bowl and i never looked inside how can we repair when neither can abide you were in retreat, detach, release, suffering i went to defend, explain, looking for my friend you stopped filling the bowl but i never looked inside i think i still love you but i feel hurt still when i see you online (i also never call and you never call) where did we go? what news from the other side? what can we gain? losing you i’m not the same (distraction helps me through) you stopped filling the bowl (i think of you) and i never looked inside (i don’t think of you often) how can we repair (why don’t i feel anything) when neither can abide (why don’t i feel anything) i also never call and i also never call
spill 02:48
for 03:44
ask 03:37
feel 02:35
so 02:37
us 04:07


this record started in may of 2016 where, using a grant from quebec’s jeunes volontaires program, i hired a group of jazz musicians to record two days of improvised music. i took that music and spent the next year and a half deconstructing, flipping and recontextualizing fragments of the recordings—a guitar from one session gets layered over a reversed piano line from another and so on…

i mixed the project in banff, alberta, again thanks to a grant this time both from the government of quebec and from the banff centre. i then moved back to los angeles and worked with my friend olivia on the track “spill.” all in all, the project took over two years to complete.

there’s a tremendous amount of care already involved. towards the end of this process, i started thinking of a title that could speak to my own personal growth in the past two years and the content of the music itself. i settled on “care,” but in finishing the record felt that “care” might leave itself open to narrow interpretation. yes, care means love and empathy for oneself and one’s friends, and it certainly meant that to me when i was thinking of the title. yes, it refers to the time spent making the album, but i also wanted it to gesture at something bigger.

i wanted the title to gesture at a politics built on care. to recognize the ways in which we are interwoven and to emphasize the radical power imbued within the act of caring. in doing so we can envision a world with public institutions and a civic culture that embody the socially reproductive work we already do with and for one another.

- gabriel


released February 24, 2019

produced, mixed, and cared for by gabriel gutierrez

scott bevins, thanya iyer, andrew boudreau play piano
aime duquet and louis stein play guitar
kyle hutchins plays drums
thanya iyer sings and plays violin
scott bevins plays trumpet

bass on “fill” and “so” by alex szotak
vocals on "fill" by robin dann (bernice.bandcamp.com)
vocals on "spill" by olivia kaplan (oliviakaplanmusic.bandcamp.com)

mastered by stany bebe (euglossine.bandcamp.com)




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