Recorded a couple winters ago with my then casual acquaintance and now dear friend Justin Watson. We holed up at a cabin in Virginia for two months and figured each other out. A lot has happened since then, but I still turn to the music we made and the experience we shared for inspiration. Though we live on opposite ends of the country now, I know we couldn't reallyyy lose touch if we wanted to.
My apologies to Kenny McClure who invested so much time helping me mix and remix what you're hearing here. We were on to something great but I fucked up, couldn't contain the music I was writing post-cabin, and eventually totally lost track of time and control. Attempting to sort through everything I left on the back-burner last year proved itself to be an unrealistic task and it has become necessary for me to move on. Being able to reunite with Kenny in Baltimore was priceless, and even though I didn't end up using the mix we (tirelessly) worked on, I have certainly been applying everything I learned from him to the music I'm recording now.
The reason I've decided to post this album now, after all of these years, isn’t complicated. One of my best friends, James, just got on a plane back to Maryland after having visited our new place for the first time. His stay was short, but it felt like we had never parted ways almost immediately. Naturally, now that he's gone I'm realizing everything I've missed and am going to miss about him and all the people I left back home. I was lucky enough to grow up with some of the most amazing guys and talented musicians from our area. We all got better at our instruments together, then we all got better at writing songs together, then we all got better at recording ourselves together, and then we stopped seeing so much of each other. Though that's truly unfortunate, I’d like to think that James’ sudden presence and sudden absence just now has done something positive for me. It’s incredible that all it takes to wash away the distance sometimes is a healthy reminder. It’s so easy to forget how subtly your most significant relationships go to work on you when you’re not paying attention. Having people that understand you, and that you understand is everything, whether it be now or before or there or here or in the future or all the time. The art of remembering and reminiscing fondly is not something to shy away from or take lightly; I’m beginning to cherish my ability to do so. Whenever I feel ungrateful, or whenever I miss my friends, I’m simply going to pay attention and forfeit control to the memories I am fortunate enough to have. It isn’t complicated. I'm nowhere else.
Finishing this album is a huge relief for me, and I can’t thank all the people that helped Justin and I along the way enough. I’m speaking a lot about the past, but completing something like this frees me up for the future. All the people I love are still into the same shit as I am, are still making great music, and are still part of this immediate family.
Justin’s band: Circular Human Geography, Bandcamp coming soon!
Justin's old band: Boy in the Well boyinthewell.bandcamp.com
James and David’s band: bravestarr.bandcamp.com
Danny, the guy who had the balls to move to Portland with me, and the guy I will be working with from here on out’s band: dannywelch.bandcamp.com
Stephanie, the love of my life: www.behance.net/stephaniesenn
Thanks again :)