The Second Self A 'band' only in the broadest sense of the word, The Second Self is a collective of friends/musicians who get together to record music. Led by singer/songwriter Ray Ecke, The Second Self's 11-song debut CD, 'Souvenir,' is the result of two years worth of home recordings. With influences ranging from Todd Rundgren to World Party to The Beatles to Paul Westerberg, The Second Self's music defies easy categorization. While songs like 'Everything's Alright' and 'Another Loser Lovesong' reflect a pure power pop sensibility, others like 'Tidal Wave,' with it's 'Aerosmith meets Steely Dan' groove, and the Santana-esque percussive feel on 'Where We Live,' show great diversity in songwriting and style. Ultimately what ties 'Souvenir' together is a sense of energy, exuberance and passion about making music that could only be achieved by good friends recording in the comfort of their homes. Prior to forming The Second Self, Ecke played guitar and wrote songs for the acclaimed New Jersey-based power-pop band Say Uncle!. Both drummer Terry Farley and guitarist/keyboardist Rick Bustamante, (who both co-produced 'Souvenir' and performed), were also members of Say Uncle!, who broke up in 1996. Also contributing to many of the songs is guitarist/bassist Chris Sokolowitz.
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