Fewer Moving Parts

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Fewer Moving Parts
EP by David Bazan
Released 13 June 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 34:18
Label Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood
Barsuk Records
Producer David Bazan
David Bazan chronology
Fewer Moving Parts
Curse Your Branches
(2009)Curse Your Branches2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (5/10)[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]

Fewer Moving Parts is David Bazan's debut EP, released in limited quantities on June 13, 2006. It was re-released on 22 May 2007 on Barsuk Records.

The EP was considered a stopgap release to tide fans over until his full-length solo debut.[4] While officially an EP, Fewer Moving Parts is longer — in total tracks or in runtime — than some albums.

The EP features five songs in two forms: first with full instrumentation, then stripped-down acoustic. In its first incarnation, "Backwoods Nation" was a Pedro the Lion b-side, featured on the 2002 Jade Tree compilation Location is Everything, Volume 1. "Cold Beer and Cigarettes", originally known by its alternate title, "The Devil is Beating His Wife", came to light as a 2005 Pedro the Lion demo recording. It was originally slated to be on their now abandoned fifth full-length album, but was re-recorded for Fewer Moving Parts.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bazan

  1. "Selling Advertising" – 3:08
    alternate title: "Making It, Faking It, Breaking It"
  2. "How I Remember" – 3:13
    alternate title: "Don't Cry, I'm Not Gonna Hurt You"
  3. "Fewer Broken Pieces" – 3:23
    alternate title: "Cake and Eat It, Too"
  4. "Cold Beer and Cigarettes" – 3:51
    alternate title: "The Devil is Beating His Wife"
  5. "Backwoods Nation" – 4:10
    alternate title: "Speeding the Collapse"
  6. "Selling Advertising (acoustic)" – 2:48
  7. "How I Remember (acoustic)" – 3:17
  8. "Fewer Broken Pieces (acoustic)" – 3:23
  9. "Cold Beer and Cigarettes (acoustic)" – 3:52
  10. "Backwoods Nation (acoustic)" – 3:12


  • David Bazan – vocals, instruments, recording, and mixing
  • Zak Sally – artwork


  1. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1 June 2007). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "The art of being David Bazan". Sojourners/Call to Renewal. Retrieved September 2, 2006.