Timeless Towns and Haunted Places
(Nutra Stick Productions, 2013)
It took 13 years to finish Timeless Towns and Haunted Places, and at this point I'm really too tired to write a thorough making-of-the-album piece. I remember recording the demo (which eventually became the album version) of "Knife" in the summer of 1999 with Aaron Leitko's harmonium, marking the last time I used the four-track machine before switching to higher-tech gear.
The album evolved considerably since its early conception, at which point I envisioned an almost clunky combination of past and present, with sparse arrangements of songs that didn't seem to flow quite right. But then I recorded some tracks with the NSPS Rhythm All-Stars, "Furious" Joe Irvin and Aaron Leitko, and tracks like "Election Day Blues" and "Down a Hole" started to rock. Meanwhile, I put orchestral arrangements in songs like "Sunburnt and Bruised" and "Side Effects" and went electronic with synth noises on top of the acoustic "Pheromone Cologne" and guitar noise behind the a cappella closing track "The Snow." After extensive re-recording throughout 2008 through 2013, I finished the album after bringing in Deni Bonet to play violin and viola on "If You Aren't Psychic," "Shadowcaster" and "Funnier with a Laugh Track."
At the moment, I'm happy with the album, at other moments I think I could have improved it, but it's no longer my problem. Masterpiece or folly, it's yours to judge now, and I hope you enjoy listening to it more than I enjoyed making it.