“their faces closed is a collection of live recordings from my fall 2017 cross-Canada tour. I didn’t sleep well and my thoughts were uneasy for much of the trip, yet the beauty of the country, especially the mountains out West, put me in a reverent and contemplative mood. I had a lot to work through each night on stage. The tracks I chose for this release all felt earnest and whole when they spewed forth—a mix of comedy and confusion for the spectator, no doubt. But know that I tried my best to acknowledge what was flowing through me in each moment. I was attuned to the jaw harps as well.
The sounds at the end are from a cassette of ocean recordings that I had buried in a salt flat for awhile. It’s a bit gnarled. I took this recording of my home with me on tour and used it as part of my set only once—when I reached the Pacific in Victoria, BC. Eventually it’s all washing over.
Thanks to the folks across Canada who indulged me during this time. And thanks to Dylan for giving these weird introspections a home.”
Stream the album on my Bandcamp page or order a limited edition physical copy from Chocolate Monk.
In other news, my raft recordings from economy cassette on Notice Recordings made Wire Magazine’s Size Matters 2017 Top Ten. The cassette is long sold out, but you can stream/purchase the digital version on Bandcamp.
Also, for those of you interested in the ruminations of chik white, I did a fairly extensive interview with Slovenian magazine It’s Psychedelic Baby. Check it out here.
And that’s it for now. I am firming up a European tour for later in the year, and there are a few Canadian dates in the works as well. So check back soon for details. Thanks!