Somewhere around the end of 2014/early 2015 I shut down. I had been in some kind of depressive funk for a few years and it finally came to a crescendo. I had pretty much stopped making music and kind of given up on life in general. I took a job teaching children, unfollowed the world on social media.... I wanted to take a large step back and re-evaluate my relationship with sound so I even stopped listening to music for a while.
This was my cold summer. Cold in the sense that, while I've never been good at maintaining relationships with other people, the one relationship I had maintained so strong my entire life (my relationship with sound) was now damaged. Summer was a bit more of a stretch...there was nothing obviously summery about the situation but I suppose the bit that came afterwards has a bit of a summer love kind of vibe to it.
Anyhow while I was teaching I randomly got it into my head that i knew virtually nothing about dub reggae* and if I considered myself to be an "electronic musician" I should probably educate myself on some fundamentals. I had some reference points in a few Oxossi mixes I had listened to and I was familiar with a few artists like Scientist and Mad Professor. I grew a deep appreciation for the minimalism and the focus on groove rather than razor sharp perfection. It forced me to dig deep and ultimately come the conclusion that I was making music that I really wasn't into and in doing so I was not being faithful to myself or sound. My last night of teaching was followed abruptly by a 6 a.m. flight to Ohio for a festival with friends where I played music I wanted to hear and the people danced. I was in love again, but not like honeymoon love this time it was real love...ro-sham-bo for who has to take the trash out love.
anyhow these songs were all made around that period and all kind of have a dub-type vibe/aesthetic. They aren't dub reggae by any means but they all are much like this story; heavy hearted with dub references.
*I still know virtually nothing about dub, wikipedia really ain't helpin' either but if you know something i should know lay it on me
released April 20, 2016
I made this album with synthesizers and samples, the bendy bass breakdown in cannons was the result of a cat jumping on my nord while I was recording so S/O kitty for the sick riffage
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