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“This album was conceived immediately after I quit my job in August of 2020 and started playing acoustic guitar again. I hadn’t regularly played guitar in about two or three years. I started reading ‘Dazzling Stranger’ about Bert Jansch and the new wave of British folk musicians in the ‘60s and beyond and was incredibly inspired by the immediacy of that music. I think there is something magical, and perhaps even alchemical, about an expression being distilled to its most essential elements. I also wanted to make my new recordings as immediate and essentialized as possible. I think working with tape fosters that approach, because it’s quite difficult to overthink things or to do too much editing or mucking about after a take is laid down. Hence, there is an ‘as it is’ feel to every piece — warts and all.
These sounds are me trying to find my own personal devotional music. When writing and generating ideas for these pieces, I asked that my highest version of myself come through as much as possible. That’s perhaps the part of me that is connected to beauty, to the love that I have for myself and others, to the unknowable vastness, and to the interdependent nature of all things. I wanted to find expression for those kinds of abstract feelings and experiences. To me, those are the most potent parts of my lived experience and I want to honor them. The world is changing into someplace unrecognizable from what I grew up with and expressions of love are in even starker contrast against mounting chaos.
What became the album cover came to me as I was waking up from a dream one morning. I immediately got up and hammered it out. I didn’t initially see the connection between that image and the music, but the more I sat with the two I felt a potential through-line. There is a merging of the background and the foreground, as perhaps an entrance into the subconscious. I had a fair few pieces to choose from for the album and I ended up choosing the ones that felt like they most closely dialogued with the mood and narrative of that image.” –Sean Conrad
Instruments in order of appearance: piano, dulcimer, acoustic guitar, harmonium, mellotron, low Irish whistle, electric organ, and voice.
Recorded on a Tascam 488 MKII 8-track cassette machine.
This is Sean Conrad’s eleventh full-length release as Channelers after last year’s “Isles Beyond”.
released October 22, 2021
Art and music by Sean Conrad. Recorded in Los Angeles in August 2019 and in Oakland from September 2020 to March 2021. Additional vocals on "Another Entrance" by Rosa Beach-Mason. Mastered at The Gentle Ways. Much Love To All.