Between the Channels

The first line of this song and the album is “I have no use for competition/I lose a game as well as anyone.” I wasn't really interested in sports growing up and I was also an only child. So being competitive always seemed sort of forced for me. I still have trouble getting in that mode. Why should we care about winning?

Markers

This is a short one based on a repeating vocal melody. It was meant to act as an intro for the next track ‘"Read My Mind". I added a few different bass and Casio keyboard parts with some distant and distorted sounds of my landlord working on stained glass in the background.

Read My Mind

"Read My Mind" is a love song. I was trying not to write about love much on this album. But it’s about an unhealthy, obsessive type of relationship. One where communication is lacking and you wish the other person had some kind of ESP. One where you start to analyze every action. It’s easy to do and I constantly over-analyze everything.

Casual Encounter

I’ve had to meet people on Craigslist for various reasons. This is just about some of those uncomfortable interactions I’ve had with strangers.

Filled with Joy

Michael Gillilan and I were playing with the main idea for the next track “Holy Hesitation”. I was on bass and electric piano. He was on drums. I recorded our jam and added some extra sounds of ocean waves. It sounds a bit like a band rehearsing in a different room.

Holy Hesitation

I had a strange dream. I was floating out of my living room and over the freeway and blood started coming out of my mouth. I woke up with a bad cavity and needed a root canal.

Souvenirs

This was the song that gave me the most issues. I tried adding and subtracting a billion different parts. I had my friend Matt Fields play some saxophone. For some reason it just didn’t seem finished.  I guess it’s done now?

Apophis

Apophis is the name of an asteroid that astronomers were saying might collide with Earth in 2029. I think they ruled out the possibility of this happening. For this one I recorded layers of a broken Moog string synthesizer. Then played some of those tracks backwards.

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