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Trouble Books - Love at Dusk LP
Linda and I are really excited to share our new Trouble Books album, Love at Dusk, with you via MIE Music this November.
I feel like this record needs more of an explanation than previous efforts, but to be honest we’re still sort of figuring it out ourselves. Typically, we approach writing and recording with a notebook full of artistic ideas and goals and then work them out in the songs, allowing our environment and current living situation to color the work, but in a controlled way within the guidelines we set. This time, life got rather chaotic and messy and I can’t really tell you “this is what the album is trying to do”, and instead probably need to just say “this is what happened”.
Love at Dusk was written and recorded during Linda’s pregnancy and in the few months just after the birth of our daughter (“Chiaroscuro” actually in the couple evening hours between a peaceful dinner and rushing to the hospital). It’s definitely not an album about a baby or becoming parents, I don’t think we know how to or want to fit that into this project, but instead ended up being a portrait of the two of us clinging to each other throughout a tumultuous, difficult, and exciting time of change.
A friend said that the album has periods of being very “lush and beautiful”, but punctuated with frequent “sonic and lyrical apocalypses”, which I think describes our new record and our past year pretty well.
Acknowledged musical influences: piano records by artists like Harold Budd and Ryuichi Sakamoto, that Blue Nile/Peter Gabriel/Prefab Sprout/Kate Bush early digital synthesis neighborhood, Emeralds’ Fresh Air single, Stéphane Picq’s soundtrack for the Lost Eden CD-ROM, those recent Burial EPs probably, and the amazing in studio video of Enya playing “Boadicea” (here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o3m1ckSpZ0).