All Night Souls
Urban meets pastoral. That was the main concept I was working with when I was working on All Night Souls. I was really interested in electronic sounds, but couldn't quite let go of the guitar. The result is a unique record that by turns feels homegrown on some tracks, like Yellow Rose and Eye of the Storm, which were recorded in a house on 19TH Ave in SF. But then there are tracks like Walk The Hillside and 1234 that have this cavernous electronic vibe that surpasses my expectations. I designed the album to be listened all the way through--a concept which I borrowed from favorite bands like Pink Floyd. I don't think it tells a story, but thematically the goal was to have the songs move from darkness into light. At the end, voices on The Wild Blue soar heavenward like the birds that go south every year. That was totally intentional. I wanted the album to dwell in all these different colors and then fly away in some spiritual sense. I have a huge obsession with the myth of the Phoenix and the ideas of regeneration through dissolution that are implicit in that story. I'm still learning how channel the energy I get from ideas into music without blungeoning people over the head with some kind of artistic manifesto. Mainly, it has to do with trusting one's instincts and letting the unconscious shine through. I think All Night Souls represents a general step in that direction. I'll let you be the judge though.