Patience is hard for me. Songs come unexpectedly, and often in large numbers. Sometimes I find myself writing records-worth of songs in a few months. Clearly, those don’t all make it to light. Some make it into a solo set and die soon after, while others get put on the first draft of every record only to get pushed off as I write new things.
Abraham is designed to be an avenue that is a little less serious, a lot less polished, and less thematic than Ship & Sail’s usual records. Abraham 1:1-4 was recorded on my phone, in my apartment, within 6 hours spread out over a handful of sittings. Most times, I did the next track on a song without listening to the last, and it is covered in improvisation and weird noises left behind by my coffee addiction or a cat looking for some pets.
A large part of the creative process of Abraham 1:1-4 was constantly listening to Dr. Dre and working with Tanner Ellis on his record and in my live band. The synth sounds and the surrounding production with minimal instrumentation from Dr. Dre was intriguing to me. I love the way the synth can simultaneously be the backbone and the forefront of a track he produces. Tanner has been able to show me how beautiful music can be made in endless different ways, and that I shouldn’t keep myself to one.
On the Ship & Sail side of things, we have slowly but surely been recording LP2. I am so thrilled about these ten tunes. I am so excited about the growth I’ve felt with my lyrics and the overall message that this record brings. I am beyond excited to be able to have Mike Higgins, Tanner Ellis, and Anthony Zito working on it with me - as well as others - and having Sean Weyers produce it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Abraham.