Timeless Towns and Haunted Places
(Nutra Stick Productions, 2003)
It took four years to finish Timeless Towns and Haunted Places, and at this point I'm really too tired to write a thorough making-of-the-album piece. I remember recording the demo (which eventually became the album version) of "Knife" in the summer of 1999 with Aaron Leitko's harmonium, marking the last time I used the four-track machine before switching to higher-tech gear. Of course, the challenge of learning to use the new gear slowed down production, as did some laziness, some writer's block and some perfectionism.
The album evolved considerably since its early conception, at which point I envisioned an almost clunky combination of past and present, with sparse arrangements of songs that didn't seem to flow quite right. But then I recorded some tracks with the NSPS Rhythm All-Stars, "Furious" Joe Irvin and Aaron Leitko, and tracks like "Election Day Blues" and "Down a Hole" started to rock. Meanwhile, I put orchestral arrangements in songs like "Sunburnt and Bruised" and "Side Effects" and went electronic with synth noises on top of the acoustic "Pheromone Cologne" and guitar noise behind the a cappella closing track "The Snow."
At the moment, I'm happy with the album, at other moments I think I could have improved it, but it's no longer my place to judge it. Masterpiece or folly, it's yours to judge now, and I hope you enjoy listening to it more than I enjoyed making it.