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The songs that constitute this album found their beginnings somewhere between 2007 and 2016. My Attempts to Grow A Beard being the oldest. I wrote this in Eau Claire, WI and for years it had a bridge section that was ok, but ultimately unnecessary. If you want to hear that version, you can check out The Daredevil Christopher Wright Daytrotter session from July 30th, 2008. Called By Our Names is the youngest tune. It came together within the two months leading up to our time in the studio. Without fail, all the songs were completed within the twelve month leading up to the start of our recording in April 2016.
Considering the span of time represented by the origins of these tunes, I can’t say that there was a unifying poetic concept that wove these songs into a collection. That is, beyond the generally unifying fact that, with the exception of Jacket, I wrote them all and it’s become clear to me that my thematic interests are rather narrow (Love, uncertainty, existential and metaphysical questions. Rinse and repeat). However, at the risk of retrofitting a through-line into the album where there isn’t one, I will say that three words did stick out to me as I considered the possibility of just such a thing, “Why, hope, trust.” Perhaps that is general enough to mean nothing at all or maybe there is something there. Regardless I hope that these songs prove to be helpful. They were a help to me to write.
October 2, 2016
released March 3, 2017
Recorded at Honeytone Studio in April and May of 2016
Engineered by Patrick Boland, Marty Brueggemann, Mark Zbikowski
Strings recorded in St. Paul
Woodwinds recorded by Alec Spiegelman at his place in Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Patrick Stolley with assistance from Patrick Boland
Mastered By Carl Saff
Photos and Album design by Joshua Ford
Written by J.E. Sunde
Jacket written by Jason Sunde with arrangement by J.E. Sunde
Trombone arrangement on Wedding Ring by Andrew Thoreen
Woodwind arrangement on My Attempts To Grow A Beard by Alec Spiegelman
Percussion arrangements on Prism and Jacket by Shane Leonard
Piano Part on Prism by Shane Leonard
Bass part on Color Your Nails and the bridge of Capsize and Sink by Pat Keen
My thanks to Shane, Andrew, Monica, Leah, Hilary, Pat K, Alec, Patrick B, Marty B, Mark Z, Pat S, Bob and Lynn, Carl, Adam and Eliza, Toby, Casey, Zach, Ben and Dru. I love you Mom and Dad. You’re all a generous bunch, and I am so grateful.
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