Random by Design

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I am not responsible for any teleological, metaphysical or political interpretations of the material your deviant minds might devise, nor do I know what the album sounds like when played backwards. If you derive any meaning from the lyrics or titles to these tracks do so at your own risk. If you derive any meaning from the sounds on these tracks you should see a doctor.

If there is any subtext to the music, this is it:

1. Into the grey and pink
Title Reference: Caravan's best album.
Context: Written in Dunfermline as chamber music. This is the "rock" version.

2. Why can't we write like normal people?
Title reference: Primer (the movie).
Context: Time travel is really hard to write about. Special thanks to Shane Carruth.

3. Change Agent
Title reference: Work.
Context: Work.

4.Anti-Social Smoker
Title reference: Opposite of a "social smoker".
Context: Apparently if you go out for a smoke and do not immediately join some people you barely know to have some bullshit conversation you're "anti-social".

5. PB, no J
Title reference: Breakfast.
Context: There might be a perfect combination of jelly and peanut butter out there, but so far, for me, it hasn't lived up to the expectations drawn from popular culture. Research needed.

6. Random by Design
Title reference: Rationalist theology.
Context: Originally a backing track (go figure), features my first organ solo. Great fun. So much so that I followed with a guitar solo. It's probable that the fun of the player will not perfectly translate to the listener.

7. Coming together
Title reference: Having a Beatles reference is always fun (at least until the copyright lawyers get involved, then it's super fun).
Context: Sex.

8. Can of Worms
Title Reference: Odd outburst by a co-worker.
Context: none.

9. Afternoon delight tonight
Title reference: Arrested Development (the show).
Context: Sex again. The song existed before in acoustic, stripped down version and was more melancholic. It used to be called "Life is worth losing", which of course is a reference to George Carlin).


Thanks to the following people who have contributed both directly and indirectly to make this album possible, in no particular order:

My mother and father, Miguel Angelo Antunes, João Fonseca, João Marques, Rodrigo Abecasis Fernandes, João Abecasis Fernandes, Hugo Rodrigues, Lourenço Vales.

Special thanks to my wife and lover.


released April 26, 2015

***Released on April 26th, 2015.***

All music composed, performed, produced and arranged by Rui Botelho Rodrigues

Cover Photo by João Abecasis Fernandes.




handwrist Lisbon, Portugal

a solo musical venture that can somewhat be described by the incredibly meaningless term 'Psychedelic Jazz Rock'. for metadata purposes, though, it's great.

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