A voice with sensual intonations that slide on guitar riffs and tumults of soft percussions here’s Mark Dunford aka Rootiger new single ”Remedial Training” from his second EP “Mary”. As in weightlessness, his arpeggios unfold a graceful rhythm with distant vaporous echoes. His song defies gravity, ignoring time. ”Remedial Training” is about keeping some sanity through humor while going through the trivial motions of my unit as a firefighter stationed at Holloman Air Force Base. Melancholic, yet somehow uplifting, the track builds throughout to a blinding crescendo. Distilling amazing-sounding curls touch our hearts with this delicate song. Like memories in melody, Rootiger reveals the poetry of tender beauty. His voice is a piece of art, it’s pure and rich, and his performance is very professional, which shows how talented and skillful he is.
Hailing from the paper production capital of the world, Scranton Pennsylvania, Mark Dunford writes, records, and performs under Rootiger /rue.ti.gger/. While enlisted in the United States Air Force, Dunford was mostly stationed at Holloman AFB in rural New Mexico. He lived in a cabin in Cloudcroft, NM working on his voice as a songwriter, making crude home recordings and self-releasing them onto the internet. After leaving the military in 2018 he relocated to Boston, MA to attend the Berklee College of Music. Rootiger’s sound touches on indie rock, early emo, lo-fi, and Americana. Rootiger began releasing singles in 2019 with a cover of Fugazi’s “I’m so tired”, “Deadlights” in 2020, and the lo-fi “folk songs & trap beats” in July 2021 before releasing his debut EP “things change real slow” on October 29th, 2021. The EP’s single “Shotgun Seat” received over 30,000 streams on Spotify. “Things change real slow” was recorded in June 2021 for the first time in a studio and with a band (Micah Lucas on bass, David Himmel on drums) at 37″ Productions in Rockland, MA with Zach Bloomstein producing and engineering. Rootiger’s second EP “Mary” was recorded at home throughout the pandemic with Dunford producing, engineering, and playing everything himself.
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