The Beauty Realm didn't just appear out of nowhere in pristine wonder and excellence. No, before the heavens opened there were the wilderness times. Spiritually & artistically, I was grabbing at the walls hoping to make it through the tunnel of distorted sounds and false dreams in the American South until I got to the promised land.
It's one thing to go through the growth of learning how to formulate songs, but to simultaneously try one's hand at learning how to record is practically a death wish. Thankfully nobody died.
For sometime now I have wanted to compile a collection of songs from this period, but it's been a challenge. I'm not exactly eager to shout this release from the rooftops because it's almost equally as embarrassing as it is precious to me. These songs reveal myself as a young man building up creative muscles and discovering things internally that I was unaware existed through a process of trial and error, capturing moments of inspiration and being far too impatient and willing to share these recordings with anyone who would take notice.
I'm also a bit nostalgic which is another reason for assembling the most attractive pieces of my past work into something simple and easily transferable. I did not attempt to remaster anything so bare that in mind as you go exploring this material.
And finally, there may be someone, or even a few souls out there still, who will enjoy digging through this collection of odds and ends, so to that I bid you a safe journey. I have decided there were things floating around in the past that needed another chance for breath in this new era of strange fruit.
Let me also be clear, this album is a reminder of who I was for the most part, but I'm not actually here. There are ideas and motivations behind each track that seem so foreign and distant to me now, I am just as much a spectator as anyone. Not that I've now arrived at completion and everything from here on out is truth, but it seems these days I'm much closer to getting through the tunnel and I'm beginning to see the light.
released March 13, 2015
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