After nearly nine years of recording we're excited to say that this week we've released the Atoms and Void album, "and nothing else," (formerly Ghost Wars). Twelve tracks, 47-minutes. Click the graphic above to stream the entire album or click the link here to download the final track: Download 12-This Departing Landscape-44k-16b-Mstr v1
If anyone occasionally still reads this blog, thank you for your kind words, encouragement and goodwill all these years. Corny as this might sound, life and music are incredible gifts. But they can also be heartbreaking mindfucks. To be alive and anything at all is astounding. Trying to give shape and sound to something that you only hear in your heads can often feel equally astounding. Though it may seem small and unimportant to others, the weird—difficult—beautiful challenge of writing an album can serve to keep a person going. If you know the story of the making of this album then you know it's been a long, surprising, and often heartbreaking road.
Our imperfect, clumsy lives are in these songs. Our wildest joys and darkest hours. Our loved ones, friends and families. Our histories of hopes and regrets. Our missing persons, our departed, and those persons just passing through. Our greatest loves and most deeply-felt losses are in these songs. This album is a reflection of who we are and much of what we've lived. From the first note to the last it is as striving and imperfect as we are.
Were it not for the goodwill of our session players and the encouragements of our listeners-in-waiting, well, it's pretty accurate to say we might not have persevered. Sincerely, Eric and I owe enormous thanks to all of you. That we did not give up is nice. Maybe that sounds trite? Sure, but oh well. I can think of no other word to describe the way it feels to finally have this album out in the world. It's nice. We started recording in perhaps 2005? 2007? Honestly can't remember, it's been so long in the making. Today is Sunday, October 5, 2014. Always working in fits and bursts when time allowed, we recorded, mixed and mastered the songs right up into mid-June 2014. In all, Eric and I have worked together on this somewhere in the realm of seven to nine years.
When looking back on all that has happened to shape these songs along the way, well, it really does just blow my mind. Life is so very beautiful and complicated. If you have a dream— hold it close and give it life. No matter how long it takes to make, play, say, write, paint, sketch, sew, sculpt, film or build — just make the time to do it. Find your advocates. Find your champions. Collaborate with folks you love and appreciate. Put it in the world and let it take on a life of it's own. See what comes back. Make your art. Even if times are good, and especially when times are tough. Even if no one knows about it, and especially when no one cares whether it comes out or not. Make your art. Make your art. Make your art. A creative life is a shared life, and a shared life is a better life.
We hope to eventually put the album out on vinyl with a label, perhaps make a handful of videos, and thereafter sort out possible touring opportunities. In the meantime, please feel free to share the songs with anyone you believe might enjoy them. Good for long drives, red-eye flights and lonely dishwashing.
In the meantime, please feel free to make your own experimental films and wonky YouTube videos for the songs. Note: Zero skill with a camera required. Have fun, get weird.
Maybe make a video of:
- Someone dancing in a Snuggie to "Feathers From A Bird".
- Chainsmoking cigs and waving bye-bye to your future to "This Departing Landscape".
- Dressing up like a modern day Buddy Holly and lip-synching to "The Conductor".
- Pouring a glass of milk in slow motion to "Waves Of Blood".
- Shooting a poison arrow to "Lay Down Your Weapons".
- Felling a tree to "Destroyed, The Sword of St. Michael".
- Raising your skinny fists up to heaven and cursing fate to "Lowercase Blues".
- Swimming out into the ocean and then pouring one out on the sand for Sharon Harrison on "For Sharon, With Love" (Rest In Peace).
- Becoming the moon chasing the sun out of the sky to "Golden Shivers".
- Combing your hair, reading To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and then putting rocks in your pockets while wading into a lake on "Virginia Long Exhale".
- Riding a train while the apocalypse erupts all around you to "The Earth Countered".
- Undressing, kissing, crying and laughing with the one you love until your lips are swollen and you both can't breath to "The Architect and The Atomizer".
It'd be great to see your interpretations of these songs. Lord knows everything we put our hands to tends to take forever.
Sincerely, if you find this post and feel like seeking out the album, thanks again for taking the time to listen. It does our hearts and heads more good than you know.
We send you much love, strength and goodwill