Ben Seretan

by Ben Seretan

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about

We conceived of and recorded these sounds in various places over the course of a year. In that time, friends and family died, bank accounts ran dry, and I cried. But we also stood on the tops of actual mountains. We swam in the Pacific at the height of summer and in the Atlantic at the bottom of winter. We laughed at the dinner table and hung our heads out of car windows. These sounds are a triumph.

Notes:
-I don't believe in God
-Doing nothing is important
-Try to live simply
-Ecstatic Joy
-People and humans
-My heart is free and easy, baby

"I want the sweetness and the brutality, and I want to go to the very end of each of those feelings. I’ve been trying to find a way for the beauty and the terror to live together in one song. I know it’s possible." -Sonny Sharrock

"..the songs she heard were about hearts breaking and hearts aching, or hearts quaking as they slid, spewing sparks, across the electrified threshold of new love." -Tom Robbins

Thanks to Alex Lewis and Nico Hedley for traveling with me - Alex especially for Mount Royal and Liberty, Nico especially for Coney Island. Thanks to Fayaway for keeping me sharp. Thanks to my brother and Joe for visiting New York in 2013. Thanks to Jamie for everything, especially your emails. Thanks to Alex Tatusian for being my friend and for getting it. Thanks to Michele Mirisola - you are a good friend. Thanks to the town of Sitka, AK. Thanks to Carina Kaufman for reaching out back in 2012. Thanks to Maddie Caldwell for letting me sleep on your floor in 2010. Thanks to my sister, my mom, my dad, my uncles, my aunt Kitty. Marion Seretan, you are missed sincerely and I think of you every time I see the East River or the Flatiron. Thanks to Ben Kupstas for Blushing in Bed. Thanks to George Pratt for playing me a VHS tape of the Plasmatics performing during lunch period when I was 15. Thanks to Glenn Raucher for making sure I have a job and for driving me back from upstate NY summer 2012. Thanks to the Early/Badlands, especially for Thanksgiving 2011 and for all the times we went swimming. Thanks to Jack Reilly for your enthusiasm about my guitar playing when we shared a wall. Thanks to Mike and Heidi for having a great wedding. Thanks to Emily Hsiao for hosting your radio show. Thanks to Katie Von Schleicher for playing music with me at dawn. Thanks to Sayre Sundberg for going with me to Wesleyan that one time. Thanks to Tom and Alex at Spaceman Sound, for your work and for letting me sleep and record with Morgan at Troutman Spaceman in 2009. Thanks to Reid Bingham for selling me that great broken keyboard for a dollar - I love it. Thanks to Sarah Mankoff. Thanks to Annie Cross. Thanks to Leonard Knight and Robert Ashley. Thanks to Tully McLoughlin for Christmas 2013.

"Light Leaks" and "Blues..." recorded June 2013 at Spaceman Sound, Brooklyn, NY
"My Lucky Stars" recorded November 2013 at Ben's Mom's place in Tustin, CA
"The Windmill Sings" recorded outdoors to cassette tape at Flux Factory, April 2014
All else recorded Jan/Feb 2014

"My Lucky Stars" features a guitar that used to belong to my grandma Marion. The song is dedicated to her memory. "Ticonderoga" also features her chord organ.

credits

released 28 October 2014

Ben Seretan - songs, singing, guitar, chord organ, broken keyboard
Alex Lewis - guitar
Nico Hedley - bass, singing, flugelhorn
Alex Tatusian - drums, singing
Katie von Schleicher - singing
Ben Kupstas - guitar, noise, singing, janglies
Morgan Heringer - singing
Bryan West - cello
Maddie Caldwell - singing
Tom Tierney - singing
Mike Seretan and Joe Zazueta - catering

Engineering and mixing by Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox, Spaceman Sound
Mastering by Gus Elg, Sky Onion
Cover photo by Sean Pierce
LP Design by Alex Tatusian
Cassette tape edition by Hope for the Tape Deck

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Track Name: Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Track Name: Light Leaks
Maybe I was wrong
We had some good times
You took the thorns from my paw
We had some good times

Hey, it's all right
Light leaks from under the door

Maybe you were right
We had some hard times
You took the thorns from my crown
We had some hard times

Hey, it's all right
Light leaks from under the door

You will be stronger tomorrow
You will be wiser tonight
You will find new love without warning
You will find new joy with every breath
Track Name: Meadowlark
You can have it all again
Surely rivers cut through stone
Put your might in something good
Sing out with the Meadowlark
Track Name: Blues for Ian M. Colletti
Put my life on the line
I love you like you do
You are a blessing on the world
Your bright smile in the morning
Track Name: the Confused Sound of Blood in a Shining Person
Later on, 12th of August
Dead dog laying on a pile of sawdust
I'm the kid with feelings hid
You and I, perfect timing
Your tin crown and your brown eyes shining
The sound of blood in hearts of wood

The confused sound of blood in a shining person

The sound of blood in hearts of wood
Track Name: Two Black Wings
Wait for me
Wait for me my love
Wait for me
You grew a raven's wings
Wait for me
I would raise a son for you

Two
Black
Wings
Against
a
Yellow
Sky
Track Name: My Lucky Stars
I'm in love with you
I thank my lucky stars for you
Track Name: Swing Low
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home