I have a new album. The new album is called "Dalmatian" and it has 13 songs on it. Below, you can click the corresponding link to listen to the first single "Fever Dream" on Spotify/Apple Music/etc. The image above is the "Dalmatian" album cover, which has a photo taken by my insanely talented cousin Lindsay Woodruff in October at Fiddle Lake in Pennsylvania (the cover was designed by the great Greg Allen).
The music on "Dalmatian" was culled from the same sessions that produced "Stop Talking". After that album came out last May, I spent some time reflecting on all the stuff I had left over (around 30 tracks in various levels of completion/quality remained) and considered what my options were in terms of using it all. Should I release a bunch of singles one at a time over the course of a year or two? Should I drop some sort of mega box set with 4 discs and charge everyone an arm and a leg? Eventually I settled on this idea of putting together another album based on what was left. The big hurdle in my mind once that was decided was that, when looking at all that remained, none of it made sense to me as a unified collection in the same way "Stop Talking" did. It didn't have the same thematic, sonic flow to it, mainly because most of it was recorded and thought of individually as one-offs over a long period of time. I knew that many of the tracks were worth putting out there. In fact, a bunch of the songs were amongst my favorites from the whole project. But how could I possibly arrive at a cohesive album based on the pile I'm staring at?
Then I started to think about other records that were born out of a similar predicament. The Beach Boys, in an attempt to fashion something out of the aborted SMiLE sessions, put together something unique and singular in "Smiley Smile", an album that deconstructs and re-contextualizes the mass of material in a fresh way and offers something new instead. Radiohead found themselves with a lot of material after "Kid A" and ended up with a worthy companion album called "Amnesiac" that truly has it's own vibe and flow. I also thought about albums like "Son Of Schmilsson" in which Harry threads the needle between wildly disparate sounds and styles to offer something cohesive simply by tying it all together with his sense of humor and personality. Then I became obsessed with making something that worked in that way.
Over this past holiday season, I spent several sleepless nights poring over songs and snippets and fine tuning a new album that I truly feel stands up proudly alongside "Stop Talking", but in its own way and with its own completely distinct sensibility. This album, even more so than the last one, is designed as a continuous listening experience, strung together by bits and snippets and studio banter and outtakes that have been carefully chosen and placed. The goal is to have someone start the album and get sucked in to the point that you don't even realize you're already on track 7. Also, the entire thing is just over 34 minutes long so it doesn't put a huge dent in your day.
I want to thank the following people for their contributions to the album, as it wouldn't be even close to what it is without them:
Benjamin Lecourt, Fernando Perdomo, Alex Jules, Emeen Zarookian, Corey Perez, Kaitlin Wolfberg, Matt Fish, Nadeem Majdalany, Corinne Olsen, Kyle Fredrickson, Taylor Locke, Tony Berg, Ian Doerr, Lindsay Woodruff, Greg Allen, Brad Rosenberger, Cheryl Pawelski, Lee Lodyga, Dutch Cramblitt, Pat Rainer, Audrey Bilger and Bethany Davis.
Please enjoy "Dalmatian" by clicking the links below to check it out!
LISTEN TO "DALMATIAN"