"Winters Always Depress (Writing Practice I)" was the first in a series of four EPs called "The Seasonal Writings" by lo-fi indie rock band Shorthand Phonetics. It was first released on the internet in January of 2009. This EP was recorded to Labtec with webcam mic connected to a Hewlett-Packard Presario V3500. It was recorded/programmed from December 2008 to January 2009. It's also the fifteenth release on Tsefula/Tsefuelha Records.
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"Winters (WR I)" is a sixteen-minute concept ep that is the musical representation of Japanese medical student Hanabishi Hideaki's practice writings before he gets serious on his first novel.
But time is running out for young Hide. With graduation from med school coming in less than two years, Hide scrambles to write his magnum opus before his chosen profession consumes him whole. So in the great winter of 08, he starts this quest. By writing anything that comes to his mind.
Unfortunately, Hide is merely a spoilt middle-class Japanese boy raised in a well-to-do family and in a well-to-do suburb. So what comes out is emo diary-style drivvel. The same drivvel he's been writing since forever...
"The Long Vacation" is a collection of albums, eps and singles that represent Japanese medical student Hanabishi Hideaki's literary output. Be it his early Harry Potter, Ranma 1/2, Invader Zim, etc. fanfiction (Album 1), his valient attempt at a regularly updated personal blog (Album 2) or his doomed effort to keep a secret diary (Album 3). After the tragicomic events of album 3, Hide is determined to make his writing read by the masses. To that end he will attempt a novel (the-as-of-yet-unreleased Album 4).
"Winters (WR I)" is part I of IV in the "The Seasonal Writings", a representation of his practice writings for his novel cataloged by the season it was written in. In the future there will be three more eps, for now titled "Spring (WR II)", "Summer (WR III)" and "Autumn (WR IV)"
Followed by an album as of now titled "Errors in Calculating Odds, Errors in Calculating Value" due out in 2010 or 2011.
Current releases that is under "The Long Vacation" umbrella are (non-exhaustive list as of Jan 2009 ruling):
1. "Fanfiction: From the Seriously Absurd to the Absurdly Serious" [album] (2006) http://www.archive.org/details/ShorthandPhonetics_FanfictionFanfiction
2. "Apparently...I'm In Medicine / Love, or the Illusion of the Beginning Symptoms of It" [album] (2007) http://www.archive.org/details/yesno008
3. "Fire! (I Could Have Died and All I Could Think About Was My Charred Diary)" [album] (2008) http://www.archive.org/details/yesno022
4. "Winters Always Depress (Writing Practice I)" [ep] (2009)
Shorthand Phonetics (SP) is Ababil Ashari [vox, guitar, bass, programming]. Established in 2004 as a five-piece band, Shorthand Phonetics started its career as a Creative Commons license band releasing Creative Commons license works. Barely playing live, the original incarnation of SP concentrated on writing and recording "Fanfiction: From the Seriously Absurd to the Absurdly Serious," released on Tsefula/Tsefuelha Records to relative fanfare in 2006.
Immediately afterwards four-fifths of the band had to leave the country for academic reasons and the SP name fell to Ababil Ashari. Who by that point was a med student in a prominent Indonesian university Universitas Padjadjaran in Jatinangor, Jawa Barat. Ababil wrote new songs, devised the multi-album/ep saga "The Long Vacation", retconned "Fanfiction" to fit the new concept and started recording. The fruit of that attempt was "Apparently...I'm In Medicine / Love, or the Illusion of the Beginning Symptoms of It", released in May 2007. This was the first true "The Long Vacation" release. This released got the attention of leading netlabel Yes No Wave Music, who re-released it on September that very same year.
The next year, Ababil wrote and recorded "Fire! (I Could Have Died and All I Could Think About Was My Charred Diary)," released on Yes No Wave in November 2008.
Afterwards, Ababil immediately started recording the final chapter of "The Long Vacation" currently titled "Errors in Calculating Odds, Errors in Calculating Value" (2010/2011). But not before planning a string of seasonal EPs in the "The Seasonal Writings" EP series.
The first part of "The Seasonal Writings", "Winters Always Depress (Writing Practice I)" is out now on Tsefula/Tsefuelha Records through prominent torrent tracker site Mininova.org. The EP (and the series) is also planned to be release for direct download through Yes No Wave Music.