EPF here, writing from Oregon, with a brand new EP on its way out for you! I teamed up with Portland songwriter and musician Gordon Keepers to create Heartwood: a collection of original songs sung in harmony. It's my first release of original music on Earthwork since I put out Bloodroot in 2013 and moved to Portland. This is material that is really special to us and we are excited to share it my Michigan family!
On Heartwood you'll find familiar songwriting: themes of loss and regeneration, sunny pop songs, and dark heart-rending tunes. We had a blast experimenting with new sounds. We worked closely with engineer Evan Mersky at Red Lantern, a punk studio in North Portland. Evan is a prodigious twenty-two year old with precise ears and he helped us create our warm dark red poppy sound.
Heartwood centers on our vocal harmonies. I play acoustic guitar, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Mellotron, and Gordon's family piano. Gordon plays guitars, upright bass and his 1961 Fender Bass VI, a rare six string bass guitar that was used heavily on recordings such as Beach Boys' masterpiece Pet Sounds. Gordon uses the instrument in much the same way that Brian Wilson did; to double the upright bass track for a "tic tac" sound. It is also featured in a melodic role on "Burnside & 17th."
Jack Dwyer joined us on electric guitar and mandolin and Sam Weiss played fiddle; we're all members of a honkeytonk/country project.
Heartwood comes out May 27 (PRE-ORDER NOW)! We made a sweet package with artwork inspired by Kalamazoo's red-winged blackbirds, and pressed by our friends at Stumptown Printers in Portland. We'd love to send you one in the mail! Or you can pick them up at the Kalamazoo Food Co-op.
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.