To abscond: to run away, usually taking something or someone along. That's the idea that inspired this American living in Slovakia for the choice of his artist name, as it describes quite well the turning point in his life that made him live the way he does now, and make the music you can listen to here.
In 2005, Mark Manney realized that he spent his life "commuting to work and sitting in a gray cube". He moved to Slovakia, slowed down his life and kept on working, but what changed radically was the importance that music took in his life. "I had never taken myself seriously as a musician. I only gravitated toward writing and playing my own songs once I left the US. I had something of my own to say and I had the time and space in which to say it."
This music, dark melancholic songwriting, is influenced by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and such. For Mark, Creative Commons is "the modern equivalent of the old folk music tradition, before the days of the big labels." So far, two albums are available on Jamendo: Imperfect People by Sungod Abscondo (a duo project with a fellow American he met over a beer in Slovakia) and Midnight Snow, his solo debut.
His plans for 2009: releasing two new albums and playing live. Luckily, he has the time to do so, now!