My new album, Exhausted Calm just released today on Bandcamp and will be on all the streaming services at some point this week. The shortest version of the story is that it was recorded earlier this year and abandoned, only to be revived by the album’s producer Nathan Moody. The entire album was re-recorded, reworked and rearranged to make what you hear now. I hope you like it.
The longer version is that Exhausted Calm was recorded during the 2020 COVID lockdown in Jamestown, Washington. Increasingly bothered and overwhelmed by the 24/7 news onslaught, I stopped watching and reading all forms of news; this removal of constant, low-level dread and anxiety was followed by disengaging from social media for about half a year, adding to the pandemic’s required physical isolation. It’s like the feeling of relief to the period after experiencing an intense pain which finally subsides; all that is left is a low, throbbing, exhausted calm that completely takes over. This album is the exhausted calm of severing ties to the outside world for several months.
It insidiously becomes all consuming without you noticing it. I stopped news completely, and now just hear things ambiently from people, which has helped quite a bit. I was never huge into social media, so I only have used Twitter and Instagram — Twitter I gave up about two years ago or so and have never looked back. I wish I could abandon IG as well, but it’s the only way I see what some friends are doing, and how I share my music. I am limiting the amount of time I visit IG though, which has been very nice.
Sorry that you weren’t able to make music, that’s frustrating.
Thank you very much, I appreciate the comment. I’ve been feeling a little self conscious about this album as I stepped outside of my comfort zone quite a bit (working with a producer for the first time). It’s nice to get feedback, thanks.