This album was mostly recorded in the late summer and fall of 2010 at my house. My upstairs neighbor Tristan had introduced me and Chris to lots of new music and dragged us out of the creative rut we had found ourselves in as Ghost of Monkshood slowly and quietly came to an end. These new inspirational forces like Laurie Anderson and Talk Talk, made me want to make more rhythmically driven music with fewer parts and less overdubbing with the focus being on the energy and feeling of each song. Old habits die hard though, and after laying down some highly charged rough takes we did drift back into our comfort methods of overdubbing and effecting tracks until the project was growing so complex that it was beginning to lose it’s feeling. In these long months of waiting for tracks to be tinkered with enough to “sound right”, FRMR developed into a performing group and the studio tracks were sounding less and less like what we were enjoying doing live. So, I decided to upload these tracks in their current state (with additional remixes done by some of our friends) in an effort to spark growth and momentum.
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Beau Mansfield wrote this song specifically for us to collaborate on, I’m guessing because he knows that I lean toward the macabre… He brought his giant keyboard to the house one day and we laid down his keys and vocals in about 30 minutes. I came in later and added percussion, vocal effects, soundscapes and heavy breathing. There was an empty section at the end that felt weird to me, so I had Chris McDaniel write a bit of vocal melody play to fill it in. At this point I had no idea what the rest of the album sounded like, but I had a feeling that this would probably be the weirdest track on it.
One night I had some beers at Nathan’s house and recorded some guitar tracks. We talked about relationships and politics.
Co-written and recorded by Chris McDaniel and me as an opening track for a Ghost of Monkshood album tentatively titled “Out of the Dark”, which was put on hold in order to focus on FRMR. This is the only recording that I’ve used my customized fretless electric guitar (“Astrocaster”) on.