when i was a teenager, i had a strong affinity for home-recording, as evidenced by everything you see on this page. one thing i never felt like i truly made was a cohesive, capital-A Album, one that people could emotionally resonate with and listen to on repeat and end up on year-end lists like all my favorite records at the time.
so with a lot of ambition, a little experience, and some borrowed instruments/recording equipment, i sought out in march 2014 to paint my masterpiece.
there were a few things that held me back from that ideal:
1. i used some really awful software called audacity that ensured that all my mistakes in the editing process were basically permanent, i also had no good monitoring gear so my mixes suffered a lot as a result.
2. having to record all the layers by myself led to an extremely arduous recording process, especially with only two mics. playing every instrument also meant that i had no means of actually jamming the songs out which led to weird, fragmented forms that didn't make a lot of sense.
3. the arduous recording process meant the songs took a long time to record, some songs taking up to two years to complete. by that time, i had lost most of my interest in the project and had lost a hard drive containing a lot of the original mixes.
with all these issues, you may ask yourself why i bothered releasing such a flawed project after all this time had passed. well, i still like a few of the songs, and i think it's an important step in my artistic process that not a lot of people heard. listening to it after all this time, it's still got a bit of life left in it, and now that i'm emotionally distanced from all the material, perhaps it's worth sharing with others.
consider it more of a time-capsule than a record. this whole thing represents a little two year chunk of my life from march 2013 to about march 2015, encapsulating the end of one relationship, the start of another, and a lot of personal struggle in between.
hope someone enjoys. thank you.
released January 25, 2017
all guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, ukulele, violin, vocals, songwriting, production, mixing: logan archer
flugelhorn on "intro": brian mcclain
trombone on "intro": aaron levins
end sample on "bring it out of me": "running water"by daniel johnston (all rights to yip eye music)
chord drones on "untitled": "USING THE TASCAM PORTASTUDIO 424 AS AN INSTRUMENT" by Exploring Audio on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxi7RwFSKEg
end sample on "say": some henry mancini tune on the end of the original drum take tape
all other samples culled from field recordings of girlfriends and garageband keyboards
mastered by warren hildebrand
shouts out to spencer, cyruss, victor, nick, aaron, brian, david, henry, and all others i may have forgotten that helped me with the creation of this record with their encouragement.