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This is a record released by American Indiana folk writer Nathaniel Russell from the country's indie label Psychic Hotline in May 2024.

Contains 10 bedroom folk songs.

The following is a commentary by the writer himself.

"This record started with a funny and sad idea I had about a funeral. I imagined a funeral photo and merchandise table. Mourners could buy commemorative T-shirts and posters. The deceased could write... You can also buy books, artwork, songs and music records.I thought of running a sales table as a bored teenager who was tired of touring and trying to keep up. It was an idea full of darkness and sweetness.I immediately thought about what my product would look like and what it would sound like. I started thinking about the songs I've been writing and singing to friends, family, and myself over the years.The songs I've been singing the longest are connected to songs from different eras. I changed some of the words and the way I played them, but they were all me and my time in this world. I listened to how they fit together. Of course, I now needed to see this project become a reality.

I asked my dear friend Amelia Meese to help me make this record. We've known each other for a while and have worked on various projects with her band over the years, but this will be a chance to really collaborate and spend some quality time working on something together. For several months, we had frequent long phone calls about songs, creativity, vulnerability, our own lives, and what it means to make art and music.

We recorded this record in March 2023 at Betty's in Durham, North Carolina. We spent beautiful days playing music, drinking coffee, going for walks, cooking dinner, and laughing all day long. Ali Rogers served as the recording engineer, making it a true collaboration. On some days, we had Joe Westerlund on percussion, Matt Douglas on saxophone and clarinet, and Nick Sanborn on bass, keyboards, drum programming, and singing. On the other days, Amelia, Ali, and I worked together, exchanging ideas each time.

The balance between surreal imagery and the open nature of the lyrics became an important focus for our project. Words express emotions and memories in a way that is both familiar and eternal. We thought about how to make these words sound, and how to express specific places and moments in tone and texture, such as the ocean, soil, earthworms, loss, flowers, worry, light and shadow. I searched. Can a drum be a beach? Can a horn become sunlight? What are the sounds that appear and disappear like clouds or birds?

Nine days after the start, I packed up and drove to Indiana. I had one of the most meaningful and wonderful creative experiences of my life. A big thank you to Amelia and our friends in Durham for making this record. Art and friendship are true gifts that we can share with each other that can last forever. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Psychic Hotline releases available at Tobira.

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12" black vinyl. Black vinyl edition of 450. 

tracklist:

1. Wonderful To Be In Love 03:05
2. Silver 02:20
3. Nude Beach 03:29
4. Everybody Ever 01:19
5. Bloodsucker 02:48
6. Nightwalker 03:44
7. Wish I Was Born An Animal 03:25
8. Stop Let's Listen 03:39
9. Sleeping Grass 02:07
10. Off On 02:17

Artist statement (excerpt):

"...I asked my dear friend Amelia Meath to help me make this record. We have known each other for a while and worked on various projects with her bands over the years but this would be a chance to really collaborate and spend some quality time working on something together. Over the course of several months, we had frequent long telephone conversations about songs, creativity, vulnerability, our own lives and what it means to make art and music.

In March of 2023 we recorded this record at Betty's in Durham, North Carolina. We spent beautiful days playing music, drinking coffee, going for walks, making dinners and laughing all day. Alli Rogers engineered the recording that became a true collaboration and would help turn this idea for a record into a real thing. Some days we were joined by Joe Westerlund on percussion, Matt Douglas playing saxophone and clarinet, and Nick Sanborn on bass, keyboards, drum programming and singing. On other days it was Amelia, Alli and I figuring things out as we went along and adding ideas as they arrived.

The balance of the surreal imagery and open nature of the lyrics became an important focus for our project. The words articulate feeling and memory in a way that can keep them close and eternal. We thought a lot about how to make these words into sounds and explored how to reference specific places and moments with tones and textures: the ocean, dirt, worms, loss, flowers, worry, light and shadow. Can the drums be a beach? How can a horn be the sunlight? What notes can appear and then vanish like a cloud or a bird?..."

Artist: nathaniel russell

Label: Psychic Hotline

CAT No: PSY041lp

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This is a record released by American Indiana folk writer Nathaniel Russell from the country's indie label Psychic Hotline in May 2024.

Contains 10 bedroom folk songs.

The following is a commentary by the writer himself.

"This record started with a funny and sad idea I had about a funeral. I imagined a funeral photo and merchandise table. Mourners could buy commemorative T-shirts and posters. The deceased could write... You can also buy books, artwork, songs and music records.I thought of running a sales table as a bored teenager who was tired of touring and trying to keep up. It was an idea full of darkness and sweetness.I immediately thought about what my product would look like and what it would sound like. I started thinking about the songs I've been writing and singing to friends, family, and myself over the years.The songs I've been singing the longest are connected to songs from different eras. I changed some of the words and the way I played them, but they were all me and my time in this world. I listened to how they fit together. Of course, I now needed to see this project become a reality.

I asked my dear friend Amelia Meese to help me make this record. We've known each other for a while and have worked on various projects with her band over the years, but this will be a chance to really collaborate and spend some quality time working on something together. For several months, we had frequent long phone calls about songs, creativity, vulnerability, our own lives, and what it means to make art and music.

We recorded this record in March 2023 at Betty's in Durham, North Carolina. We spent beautiful days playing music, drinking coffee, going for walks, cooking dinner, and laughing all day long. Ali Rogers served as the recording engineer, making it a true collaboration. On some days, we had Joe Westerlund on percussion, Matt Douglas on saxophone and clarinet, and Nick Sanborn on bass, keyboards, drum programming, and singing. On the other days, Amelia, Ali, and I worked together, exchanging ideas each time.

The balance between surreal imagery and the open nature of the lyrics became an important focus for our project. Words express emotions and memories in a way that is both familiar and eternal. We thought about how to make these words sound, and how to express specific places and moments in tone and texture, such as the ocean, soil, earthworms, loss, flowers, worry, light and shadow. I searched. Can a drum be a beach? Can a horn become sunlight? What are the sounds that appear and disappear like clouds or birds?

Nine days after the start, I packed up and drove to Indiana. I had one of the most meaningful and wonderful creative experiences of my life. A big thank you to Amelia and our friends in Durham for making this record. Art and friendship are true gifts that we can share with each other that can last forever. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Psychic Hotline releases available at Tobira.

----------------------

12" black vinyl. Black vinyl edition of 450. 

tracklist:

1. Wonderful To Be In Love 03:05
2. Silver 02:20
3. Nude Beach 03:29
4. Everybody Ever 01:19
5. Bloodsucker 02:48
6. Nightwalker 03:44
7. Wish I Was Born An Animal 03:25
8. Stop Let's Listen 03:39
9. Sleeping Grass 02:07
10. Off On 02:17

Artist statement (excerpt):

"...I asked my dear friend Amelia Meath to help me make this record. We have known each other for a while and worked on various projects with her bands over the years but this would be a chance to really collaborate and spend some quality time working on something together. Over the course of several months, we had frequent long telephone conversations about songs, creativity, vulnerability, our own lives and what it means to make art and music.

In March of 2023 we recorded this record at Betty's in Durham, North Carolina. We spent beautiful days playing music, drinking coffee, going for walks, making dinners and laughing all day. Alli Rogers engineered the recording that became a true collaboration and would help turn this idea for a record into a real thing. Some days we were joined by Joe Westerlund on percussion, Matt Douglas playing saxophone and clarinet, and Nick Sanborn on bass, keyboards, drum programming and singing. On other days it was Amelia, Alli and I figuring things out as we went along and adding ideas as they arrived.

The balance of the surreal imagery and open nature of the lyrics became an important focus for our project. The words articulate feeling and memory in a way that can keep them close and eternal. We thought a lot about how to make these words into sounds and explored how to reference specific places and moments with tones and textures: the ocean, dirt, worms, loss, flowers, worry, light and shadow. Can the drums be a beach? How can a horn be the sunlight? What notes can appear and then vanish like a cloud or a bird?..."

Artist: nathaniel russell

Label: Psychic Hotline

CAT No: PSY041lp