Local music veteran Joe MacPhail joined Aaron this week for Live & Local, fresh off the release of “JoFi-1,” the new instrumental EP from his solo project Sunsp.t.

MacPhail is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s played with a wide variety of bands and artists in the Triangle. Though all those projects keep him busy – he has live shows with four different bands this month alone – he’s also been making music for several years on his own as Sunsp.t. (So named, he says, because “Sunspot” was already taken.)

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Released on the Carrboro-based Sleepy Cat Records label, the new EP features six tracks all written during the pandemic. Its title, “JoFi-1,” suggests a personal take on lo-fi music, an effort to hearken back to the movement’s DIY roots. (And yes, MacPhail says, there will be a “JoFi-2”: he’s shooting for a release date toward the end of this year.) His next live show as Sunsp.t will be Friday, June 2, in Raleigh as part of the Hartwell Rooftop Series.

Joe MacPhail stopped by Live & Local to discuss the new EP and play three songs: “Forest Level,” “3.29.2020,” and an instrumental version of his 2021 single “Heart of the World.” Listen:


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