Luke Janke (Comm. Radio Tapes)
This album is a sweet, sweet reverie between sandstone cliffs. You're nestled atop dry pine needles in sand and the waves are coming in; the only sound on a cool night. You're content.
Favorite track: Ocean Pines.
this song transports me if I let it. it's both humble and grand. the sparse narrative can be what it is, it more if I let it. easy contemporary ownership of s traditional form seems earned, not touristy. don't know if the song is trembling or I am. we've got strength but on a tenuous string.
I could tell you the story of this record a few different ways. I could tell you about a perfect day I spent with my wife and my dog surfing on a beach filled with wild horses and I could tell you about a cool evening bungalow on the eastern shore of Maryland where I wrote the title track in 2017. I could tell you about a 25-cent used Hawaiian record I bought at goodwill in 2005 which started an obsession with steel guitar and vocal harmonies in Hawaiian music and it’s fraternal twin early - country/western music. I might also tell you about the brutally cold month of January 2018 where I spent every evening after work in the attic of my house in Frederick hunched over a 4-track recording this music to damaged tapes that had been stored in my hot garage for over a decade and were always threatening to self-destruct. But I think what I suspect that I might really want to tell you is that these songs are really places, little locations that were too precious to me and most were kept private for over 5 years or more. It means a lot to me to share these with you and I hope you feel something when you listen. Thank you.
Your brother in friendship and wonderment,
But that’s Mr. Husband to YOU.
My wonderful friend Clinton Jones made the lovely painting of the ocean pines.
My beautiful guy Jasen Reeder loaned me his 4-track and lent me his ear.
My fantastic mr. music Ryan Pollie loved the record and helped me get it did
Matt at Forged Artifacts made the pretty cassette happen while he was busy getting married and I thank him