Early in 2016, while I was somewhere chest-deep in research and fluorescent lights,
Justin was combing through folders of iPhone recordings, lyrics, takes and retakes.
He pulled five from the stacks, imagining lives for them.
It’s not that we hadn’t been recording. We’d found ourselves in studios, circling tracks we later shelved. We’d listen, hearing maps that only took us where we’d been.
We didn’t want to go again.
One afternoon he sent their titles in an email:
five songs, all roots and fissures, landscapes and reckonings.
I’d found some of their lines in corners alongside poems: threat, delight, panic, fatigue, unconditional something. Do your worst.
And there were hallelujahs, drawn from the throat of an old Gibson
in a house where we no longer live.
Does it seem fitting?
And wary warnings, carved now around harp strings and shimmery guitars.
They’ve threaded themselves together.
Here are five songs we leaned into, listening as they took shape in the hands of amazing musicians. Bows, keys, breath, an unaccountable rumble. We wound up somewhere we’ve never been. We hope you’ll come with us.
This is you, love, now, this is me; I think we’re beautiful.
-Tasha & Justin
released June 26, 2017
Tasha Golden - Vocals, Piano, Rhodes
Justin Golden - Electric Guitar, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer, Juno Synth, Optigan, Etc
Tyler Chester - Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Tack Piano, Samples, Treatments, Etc
Jennifer Condos - Bass
Bradley Meinerding - Electric Guitar
Paul Patterson - Violin
Joshua Seurkamp - Drums, Percussion
Ben Sollee - Cello
Justin Golden in Cincinnati, OH; Louisville, KY
Anne Gauthier and Kevin Ratterman at La La Land, Louisville, KY
Jen Condos in Los Angeles, CA
Tyler Chester in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Patterson in Cincinnati, OH
Produced by Justin Golden
Mixed by Justin Golden
Mastered by Shelly Steffens at Chicago Mastering Service
Photography by Michael Wilson
Artwork by Elizabeth Hatchett
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