11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known in the Christian-music world as a producer and songwriter, Aaron Sprinkle has also distinguished himself as a singer/songwriter and collaborator with the band Fair. Water & Guns finds him returning to solo recording with a batch of tunes noteworthy for their poetic, spiritually insightful lyrics and eclectic production approach. Much like Charlie Peacock or Todd Rundgren, Sprinkle can combine an introspective, somewhat quirky bent with a natural flair for pop accessibility. God is a constant presence in his music, though touched upon indirectly at times. A yearning pilgrim’s outlook comes through in tracks like “Giving Up the Gun,” “Whisper Something," and “Washboard Road,” enhanced by Sprinkle’s dreamy vocal demeanor. The album’s sometimes-veiled confessions are given greater definition by an appealing blend of acoustic and electronic elements, ranging from the wide-eyed bounce of “Alright” to the sleek folk/soul blending of “River & Lead” and the synthesized simmer of “Turn Around.” Beneath the cool veneer is an ardent faith that testifies rather than preaches. It's all heartfelt and expertly rendered.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known in the Christian-music world as a producer and songwriter, Aaron Sprinkle has also distinguished himself as a singer/songwriter and collaborator with the band Fair. Water & Guns finds him returning to solo recording with a batch of tunes noteworthy for their poetic, spiritually insightful lyrics and eclectic production approach. Much like Charlie Peacock or Todd Rundgren, Sprinkle can combine an introspective, somewhat quirky bent with a natural flair for pop accessibility. God is a constant presence in his music, though touched upon indirectly at times. A yearning pilgrim’s outlook comes through in tracks like “Giving Up the Gun,” “Whisper Something," and “Washboard Road,” enhanced by Sprinkle’s dreamy vocal demeanor. The album’s sometimes-veiled confessions are given greater definition by an appealing blend of acoustic and electronic elements, ranging from the wide-eyed bounce of “Alright” to the sleek folk/soul blending of “River & Lead” and the synthesized simmer of “Turn Around.” Beneath the cool veneer is an ardent faith that testifies rather than preaches. It's all heartfelt and expertly rendered.

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About Aaron Sprinkle

Over the course of his career, Seattle's Aaron Sprinkle has led several respected alt-rock bands, forged a successful solo career, and produced dozens of albums for a variety of different artists from Copeland to Relient K. While still in high school during the early '90s, he formed the pioneering Christian indie rock outfit Poor Old Lu with his brother Jesse Sprinkle, releasing several albums and touring until their breakup in 1996. Following a pair of albums with post-grunge band Rose Blossom Punch in the late '90s, Sprinkle launched his solo career with 1999's more singer/songwriter-oriented Moontraveler, flashing his ample production and multi-instrumental chops over the course of subsequent solo releases like The Kindest Days (2000), Bareface (2001), and the Lackluster compilation (2004). In 2001, he was hired as a producer by revered Christian indie rock label Tooth & Nail, where he concurrently launched his production career. Putting his solo career on hold, Sprinkle formed a new indie rock project called Fair in 2005, and the quartet released its Tooth & Nail debut, The Best Worst-Case Scenario, the following year. The remainder of the decade was largely devoted to production work, helming records by Thousand Foot Krutch, Demon Hunter, and Anberlin, among others. Fair returned for 2010's Disappearing World, and Sprinkle resumed his solo career with 2013's Water & Guns. His increasingly busy production schedule continued to occupy the bulk of his time until the 2017 release of his sixth solo album, Real Life. ~ Timothy Monger

HOMETOWN
Seattle, WA
GENRE
Rock
BORN
March 20, 1974

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