- Real People (Ft. Frankie Rose)
- Lines Of Latitude (Ft. Frankie Rose)
- Downtown Lights
I'm not sure what a one sheet is really for other than to let you, the listener, know a little bit more about whatever music we're about to share. These things always seem to be written by an omniscient figure that has some magic insight into the band. I thought it might be more interesting if I just told you myself what these songs are and how they happened.
We look at an EP as a chance to try out some new ideas and cover ground yet to be explored. In doing 2013's LP, Limits of Desire, we spent many hours developing a production aesthetic that mirrored the live instrumentation we have going on tour. After that experience and a year more on the road, we were able to work very quickly on Real People. Knowing the map well, we were able to let the songs happen simply and avoid massive revision. First thought, best thought.
Luckily enough, Frankie Rose was around Brooklyn long enough this year to join us for the first couple of tracks. She's a favorite of ours and a pro! We had forgotten how refreshing it is to bring a wildcard into the mix. Here are some tidbits about the songs::
1 – REAL PEOPLE was inspired by Colton Harris-Moore AKA "The Barefoot Bandit," a teenager from rural Washington who went on a crime spree/adventure, sleeping in people's vacation homes and stealing & crashing airplanes. It's hard not to be taken by his story. He's maybe as close to Jesse James as we're going to get post millennium. Also one of the planes was stolen from the Bloomington airport, home of the mighty Jagjaguwar HQ. Frankie Rose guests
2 – LINES OF LATITUDE is a ballad that features a more proper collaboration with Frankie. It was originally inspired by a strange sample of a resort singer that Juan found on a thrift store CD in Spokane.
3 – CONSEQUENCES – This is a song Ryan brought to the band very close to finished. The song generally deals with regret/secrets and their outcomes/the cost of doing business/the dark end of the street.
4 – RECONSTRUCTION is a title I had kicking around for a while. I'm interested in the way we remember things and idealize what we experience. So maybe this song is attempt to forgive myself for the prettier pictures I let linger and grow larger in my mind. Maybe the best memories are those that we fudge and then shine up to display? And maybe that is a feat should be celebrated! Our ability to make due and trick ourselves into moving onward is pretty astounding.
5- THE DOWNTOWN LIGHTS – This is a cover of a song by the Scottish group The Blue Nile. I listened to their records Hats & A Walk Across the Rooftops incessantly over the past few years. Paul Buchanan just knows how to set a scene and paint a picture with his voice. When I listen to the original, I always imagine a walk around Glasgow, so with our version, we tried to move the trek to the streets of New York. If you know Paul, send this over to him!
See you on the road in March – Josh Hayden Kolenik–Small Black
(JAG249 released: 04/01/14)