So Does the Night EP

by Toby Oler

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released November 30, 2016

toby oler - vox apache guitar
all songs toby oler (bmi)

"Every thing has a shape and so does the night only you cant see the shape of night nor you cant think it. If you put your self right you can know it."-Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban

So I got a chance to borrow a Vox Apache guitar from a friend and it was so much fun to play with that I decided to record three guitar instrumentals with it in November. The Vox Apache, in case you are wondering, is a tear-shaped electric guitar with a drum machine, amplifier, and distortion channel in it. Everything you hear here is from a single instrument.

The first song 'V' was a fingerpicking experiment where I tuned the top two and bottom two strings of the Apache down a half step. This one benefited greatly from me dumping the files down to cassette tape to master them. Kinda has a hillbilly/Cure thing going on.

Next, 'New Phone Who Dis' I wrote to play on a 12 string at a more stately tempo but damn playing it over an off the shelf four on the floor dance beat was righteous fun.

I wrote the last song 'Still Friends?' in a double drop D tuning on a 1938 Duolian National Steel Guitar. One of the most beautiful instruments I've ever touched and this melody just sauntered right on out of it. For this recording, I got to pretend I was slow jam Dean Ween for a moment. Nothin' but fun. Title via my good friend Zach Mayberry.

Thank you for listening.



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Toby Oler

"Unpredictable amalgam of American song." -East Bay Express.

Toby Oler is a songwriter, banjo player and composer that lives in Oakland, California. He is from Economy, Indiana.

Of late, Toby’s written a few songs with Michael James Tapscott and Elliott Peck. His songs have been covered on record by The White Lightning Boys, Midnight North and Lexi Len Minnich.
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