Sebadoh – The Freed Man – Cassette
“The Freed Man” is an album by the American indie rock band Sebadoh. Released in 1989, it is the band’s first official studio album and showcases their lo-fi and DIY approach to music.
The title refers to the Friedman Complex apartments at Smith College where Lou Barlow was living with his then-girlfriend Kathleen Billus. As Barlow says in the liner notes, “… we named our first co-headlining tape after the Friedman dormitory where we both were living against regulations, with our girlfriends on the Smith (all women’s) College campus ..”
Sebadoh, formed by Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney, and Jason Loewenstein, gained recognition for their raw and unpolished sound, characterized by a blend of indie rock, punk, and folk influences. “The Freed Man” captures the band’s early experimentalism and lo-fi aesthetic, with the album being recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder.
The songs on “The Freed Man” range from short bursts of noisy energy to introspective acoustic tracks. The album features a mix of original compositions and cover songs, demonstrating Sebadoh’s eclectic taste and musical versatility. The band’s lyrics touch upon themes of personal reflection, relationships, and the challenges of navigating life.
The Freed Man stands as an important release in the lo-fi and indie rock movements of the late 1980s and early 1990s. It reflects Sebadoh’s DIY ethos and their commitment to self-expression through music, resonating with listeners who appreciate raw and intimate recordings.
While the album may lack the polish of later Sebadoh releases, it remains a beloved and influential record for fans of indie rock and lo-fi aesthetics. “The Freed Man” captures the essence of Sebadoh’s early years and serves as a starting point for those interested in exploring the band’s discography and the lo-fi indie rock scene of the time.
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal
Homestead Records 1988
Original Pressing, Not A Re-Issue or Re-Press
Bridge Was You
I Love Me
Carless Mind Hands
Drifts On Through
Wall Of Doubt
Growin Up With You