"THE APARTMENT"— A Recovered Memory of Chicago, 1996.

by Ethan Persoff

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    Welcome to The Apartment. Based in Chicago, 1996, and written and recorded in 2003, only to be left alone in a stack of zip discs and unplayable digital audio tape for over a decade and a half, this is a curious first step into spoken word for Ethan Persoff. Vocals for this album were retrieved from storage in 2015, and later edited and completed in 2019, with a final remastering in 2020.
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    Step inside a wonderful antique brownstown and meet Nina the Landlord, a polish woman who owned much of the city's northwest properties that rented to artists at the time. A cheap deal on a gigantic apartment full of ornate wooden interior structures and a loud clanging pipe system. Where a 1920s upright piano is your best friend and surveillance of a suspected daily intruder becomes your mission.
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    Music and editing in 2019 has structured this album, but the original text has been unchanged. Subsequently, some humor occurs from the text being recorded nearly 20 years previous — like a description of a woman in her late forties as a "confusing older lady". It's a funny gaffe, as Persoff is himself at "confusing older" age, but such lines have been retained. These surviving tracks are Persoff's first efforts at "Spoken Word with Electronics" as a burgeoning but confident idea in 2003, and is a good introduction to the SWWE series.
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released June 15, 2020

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