10,000 miles of the road gave birth to these songs. It was a moment of reckoning. Where was I to lay my roots? Where was I to call home? With love by my side and a heart full of dreams, I set out to find this new place. Along these winding roads and famish times, I wrote of the emotions and strife we experienced, with only guitar and voice. This collection of songs is based on all the love, hardship, excitement, adversity, pain and loss we experienced during the journey.
The recordings you hear were recorded in my apartment during the wee hours of the night and quiet days of vacancy. Scattering microphones all about in stairwells, basements, bathrooms and living rooms chasing the ambience. It was my intention to keep the arrangements simple and raw. Much like the act of our displacement, I included only the necessities and spared the rest. I met this creation with a limited arsenal, using only guitar, voice, an old analog synth, case full of rhythmic oddities, bass guitar, cymbals and a massive old radio king bass drum. With these instruments I endeavored to recreate the sway and delicate dance of the road, the uncertainty of not knowing what lie ahead and the feeling of being reduced to a point where the only currency that remained was hope.
For three years I dreamt of what these songs would become, what life they would lead and what feelings they would evoke. I feel these are but simple sketches of monumental undertaking. I hope that the songs will someday soundtrack another road to a new life and to newfound dreams. With that intention, I’m passing them on.
released May 7, 2015
Alex Callenberger: Vox, Guitars, Bass, Synths, Keys, Drums, Percussion, Bowed Guitar, Piano, and Noise
Erin LaCerra: Backing Vox, Viola, Percussion, Drums and Chimes
Colin Beatty: Bass
Alex Bodnar: Keys on Drift
Iantha Rimper: Violin on Simplicity and Survive
Andrew O'Keefe: Saxophone
Written, Recorded and Produced by Alex Callenberger at the Slumber Suite in Portland, OR.
Mastered by Pat Kerns at PermaPress Recording in Portland OR.
Clawfoot Slumber, April 2015
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