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Flightless Bird

by Scott Barkan

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Bad Dreams 04:15
Leaving Here 05:27
Crank Radio 06:27
Gone Away 05:53
Wishing Well 03:59


"Flightless Bird" is the sophomore solo record from NY based guitarist/songwriter Scott Barkan. Recorded over three days between Brooklyn, NY and Charlottesville, VA in the Spring of 2013, "Flightless Bird" captures Barkan's adventurous guitar playing and literate songwriting in a lush, full band context, comprised of mostly first takes and using minimal overdubs.

Though not deliberately conceived as a song cycle or concept album, the themes present in the title track - self doubt, feeling ill at ease with ones place in the world, and ultimate acceptance - run as an undercurrent throughout the record, filtered through a loose storyline of a relationship seemingly on its last legs.

Incredible original artwork provided by Portland, OR based illustrator Benjamin Dewey does even more to tie these ideas together, in a wordless story depicted throughout the packaging and disc art, only available with physical copies of the record.


released January 14, 2014

Scott Barkan - Guitars, Vocals
Nate Allen - Bass
Ian Carroll - Drums
Daniel Clarke - Organ, Piano

All songs by Scott Barkan.

Engineered by Ken Rich @ Grand Street Recording, Williamsburg, NY & Stewart Myers @ White Star Sound, Charlottesville, VA

Mixed by Stewart Myers @ Wishlist Recording, Richmond, VA

Mastered by Jamal Ruhe @ West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY

Original artwork by Benjamin Dewey

Produced by Scott Barkan


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Scott Barkan Los Angeles, California

Scott Barkan is a guitarist and songwriter based in Los Angeles.

Scott's signature shimmering guitar tones and skronky, avant improvisations can be found throughout his work as an in-demand sideman, in addition to his own projects as a band leader and solo artist. ... more

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