this is an album i did in the summer of 2013. i recorded it in my bedroom, usually on a nocturnal schedule. this album means a lot of different things to me that aren't found on the previous two eps. musically, i think it's a lot less ambitious and probably more accessible to people. there is the obvious addition of more instrumentation—notably everything that isn't voice or guitar (that's all I used before). i spent many hours this summer listening to bands like joy division, and the jesus and mary chain, and flaming lips, and the knife, and the books, and sonic youth. i also spent many hours listening/reading the lyrics of belle & sebastian, and bob dylan, and jens lekman, and morrissey, and the mountain goats, and silver jews. (i don't think it make sense to talk about the album without mentioning everyone i'm stealing from). in a lot of ways, this album is about me, i think all the songs are from my point of view, at least, but i think there are enough people that are either currently in these situations or have been in these situations that you might understand. you know how nietzsche says "a nihilist is a man who judges of the world as it is that it ought not to be, and of the world as it ought to be that it does not exist[...]the pathos of 'in vain' is the nihilists' pathos — at the same time, as pathos, an inconsistency on the part of the nihilists." well that may have sounded very appealing at many moments in the past year. this album was for me and attempt at coping with some metaphysical predicaments i had found myself in. i hope this doesn't come off self-righteous.
released October 15, 2013
written, performed, produced, mixed, edited, and conceptualized by: nicolas mertens
lyric revisions by: simone hyttinen, victoria bigliardi
album cover by: arezu sama
photography: heather wilson
spiritual guidance/mgmt: candice urech
instruments/equipment on this album: fender telecaster standard, taylor 113e, gibson standard sg, vox ac30, zt lunchbox, m-audio oxygen 49, ableton live 8, garageband, audio techinica microphones, boss phaser, loop station and delay; behringer tuner, way huge swollen pickle jumbo fuzz, z-vex lo-fi junky, line 6 verbzilla, akai midi controller, cb drums, various drum machines, hohner blues harp, &c.
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