"I’m really all flowers
inside and you can
really have them
I’ll name them
A greatest hits collection
A beginner's guide to botany
The sound of one heart swelling
A book of hymns to joy
The clumsiest among us suddenly discovers grace
A bowl of plums on the table, peaceful and juicy in the afternoon sun
Rhododendron and plumeria
Dandelions and hyacinth
Honeysuckle and lavender
These songs were written on an island in Alaska, my mother's condo in California, a greeting card factory in Queens, a pharmaceutical factory in Brooklyn, and by the light of a miniature Christmas tree. They were recorded and mixed in 7 studios in 5 different states over the course of a year. They really mean a lot to me and I hope you enjoy.
Thanks to Thommy - - I do enjoy hearing from you.
Many thanks to Andrea Pomini for pirating records
Thanks to Alex Lewis, Nico Hedley, and Ethan Meyer for all of the long hours recording and making it all sound so, so good.
Thanks to every other musician who gave me some of their time - I hope you think it sounds good, too.
Many thanks to Jamie Kaufman for listening
Thanks to Victor Nash for showing us a good time in Portland
Thanks to Stefano Scarafia for the video and for the shots of rum before Andrea's wedding
All of the recording engineers + studio people did insanely good work on this thing and you should all book time with them and make new recordings immediately.
"My Lucky Stars, part II" is dedicated to little Marion and my whole family - - the song I wrote on Grandma's guitar lives on.
released June 24, 2016
All songs written by Ben Seretan
With performances by:
Alex Lewis, Nico Hedley, Ethan Meyer, Rose Blanshei, Alex Tatusian, Maia Friedman, Dave Lackner, Katie Von Schleicher, Jake Nussbaum, & Will Stratton
"Blues," "Cottwonwood Tree," "Bowl of Plums," "Blood in the Muzzle," "Kudzu," & "Thommy" recorded by Kyle Pulley at Headroom Studios, Philadelphia, PA
"My Lucky Stars, part II" recorded by Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez at Gravesend Recordings, Brooklyn, NY
"In a Twin Bed," "Getting Out," and "You Are on the Water" recorded by Elio DeLuca at the Soul Shop, Medford, MA
Intro to "Bowl of Plums" and "I Like Your Size" recorded by JJ Beck at Akin Studios, Hoosick Falls, NY
Additional tracking recorded by Alex Mead-Fox at Spaceman Sound, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Victor Nash, Destination: Universe! Portland, OR
Additional mixing by Tim Shrout
Mastered by Gus Elg, Sky Onion, Portland, OR
Cover photo by Michele Mirisola
Design by Alex Tatusian
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