Playing 20 shows in 21 days in Europe in the spring of 2013 had a profound effect on my education. The band was exposed to so much, and coupling this experience with regular North American touring since 1999, they realized they had done quite a bit of traveling. Watch the video via FLOOD or YouTube
As they began work on their new album with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead, Patty Griffin) at Public Hi-Fi studios in Austin, TX in spring 2015, a series of themes began to emerge on the pieces they’d composed for the record. The music seemed to be expressing feelings of paranoia, loss, longing, fear, and the desire to escape. There was a sense of travel, statelessness, moving from point to point, vagabondage… in short: a transient existence, almost like a series of stranded waveforms. The cinematic instrumental music of my education can be interpreted in any number of ways, since music is an international language. Repeated listens to the band’s new album Schiphol will reveal this sense of weightlessness, of timeless beauty, a flashing moment in time crystallized by the kinetic lightning storms the band experienced in the studio while recording the album’s heaviest song, “Krampus.” Join my education on this epic journey.