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Santa Rosa, California, United States | SELF

Santa Rosa, California, United States | SELF
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"All Songs Considered: The Blog - Second Stage: Goodriddler"

Nicholas Philip Sprague-Wolch, who writes and records as Goodriddler, refers to himself as an organic, electronic singer-songwriter, but his compositions explore much more than just the world of song. His new, mostly instrumental album, Tickling The Tail Of The Tiger, is as eerie as it is iridescent. Alternating between glitchy electro-acoustic hybrids and lovely piano lullabies, the music is equal parts enchanting and chilling.

Whether it's the subtle click of an electric piano, or the rattle of a live drum kit, each song is supported by a rich, percussive backbone. Live, Goodriddler performs the songs solo, swiveling between drums and keys, occasionally surprising audiences by producing a ukulele or diving into a poignant vocal refrain. The foundation of these songs, though, is the soaring, melodic keyboard work.

By Will Butler - NPR


"In His Right Place: Goodriddler's Intricate Gem of a Debut Album"

Nicholas Wolch is 23 years old, which means he was 13 when Radiohead's Kid A came out, which means he grew up assimilating complexity at a formative age and thinking it's what normal music sounds like. Those of us a bit older don't have this luxury; we fall back on a foundation of straight drum beats and guitars and not, as the younger generation does, incessant polyrhythms, MIDI synthesizers and laptop software.

So if Wolch's music, released under the name Goodriddler, seems too intricate to come naturally, think again. Or at least see him live, where he plays drums, keyboards and ukulele, and occasionally sings to backing tracks, with effortless grace. He's been doing this for several years now without a proper album, while aborting various recording projects—I once ran into him after he'd recorded vocal tracks in the creek tunnels beneath downtown Santa Rosa. This weekend, he finally releases Tickling the Tail of a Tiger, his first proper CD and one of the local music scene's most engaging releases.

If more of Goodriddler's songs were major keys, Tickling the Tail would be perfect music to play in restaurants or hair salons. As it is, most of Wolch's compositions are more suited to film scores or late-night drives; in other words, during those moments good for paying close attention instead of allowing sound to fade into the background. Mix the natural chamber-pop of Sufjan Stevens and Yann Tiersen with unnatural electronic manipulators like Aphex Twin and Burial, and you've got a typical impulse in Wolch's incredible musical brain.

By Gabe Meline
- Bohemian.com


Discography

Tickling the Tail of the Tiger, a 9 track ep, was released on May 7th 2010. I have been on two west coast tours to promote the album. Selected tracks have been played on local radio stations throughout the state.

The Strength of Weak Ties (EP Vinyl only) is scheduled for release on November 27th 2010.

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I, Nicholas Philip Sprague-Wolch am known as goodriddler. I am a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in santa rosa, california. Primarily a percussionist who weaves various electronics and live instrumentation, I have been characterized mostly as an experimental and electronic-based act.

My major musical influences include: Martin Dosh, Joanna Newsom, Daniel Rossen and Dan Deacon.

I grew up playing drums for any number of local bands and grew tired of the guitar driven sound. I then decided to create a form of singer/songwriter music that drew from a different palate.