Modernstate is a one man band of the truest sense. No Laptop, no pre-recorded samples, few fancy modern gadgets save one; a phrase sampler that lets Sam Schauer create his songs from the ground up. Adding and subtracting layer upon layer, he creates a unique atmosphere of moody pop and droney lo-fi experimentalism with the occasional sing-along thrown in for good measure.

Modernstate was born of the need to always have a band to focus on; the idea being that with but one person in the band, it would never break-up. When one of Sam's other projects (The Dutch Flat, Not the Pilot, Grandrapids) would inevitably fold, he would again throw himself into Modernstate. Now, 4 years later, Sam has found his stride with "Highwater Moonboot," the first true release by this prolific northwest musician.

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