Chris Walla has made a name for himself as a producer, as well as guitarist, for 'indie to major label' band, Death Cab For Cutie. Since around 1998, Walla has also been involved in a solo project he calls Martin Youth Auxiliary. But in the past seven years only one recording has been released, 1999's self-titled cassette on Elsinor Records. On his website is word that he will finally release, through Barsuk, a new solo work in March 2007.
Walla has a number of mp3s offered on his website. From covers, to experiments, to demos, they do give you a good idea of his sound... a sound I would describe as having the astringency of Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and the melodicism of John Vanderslice. Walla is a talented and tasteful musician worth your attention.
+ note to self
+ london's favourite son
+ distortions [Clinic cover]
More Chris Walla here and here.
Here are some DCFC mp3s...
+ soul meets body [radio edit]
+ a movie script ending
+ for what reason
+ title and registration
+ brothers on a hotel bed
+ different names for the same thing
*You can find more Death Cab at the Hype Machine.