Archaic Memories And Past Lives is an autobiographical album about preservation, forgiveness, and transparency. The latter being the catalyst for the detailed and personal nature of the songs. This record is an attempt to be as open as I can be out of some need I always feel to explain myself; to connect. I have a desire for people to understand me on my deepest level and I did my best to explain myself here.
My own personal identity kind of became in a crisis state after moving out of the house I'd lived in my whole life and this largely feels like a reaction to that, and a goodbye to the life I had gotten very used to. It seemed like the foundations of myself and many people close to me were being drastically changed and I spent a long time adjusting. But as much as the record is nostalgic it's also interested in not resisting the transitions of life that are bound to happen.
It's about myself, it's about my immediate and not so immediate family, it's about our origins that ultimately shape our identities, it's about the transient nature of our world, and it's about me tripping on some mushrooms.
There feels to me like a lot of appropriate risk taking that was necessary for me to explore these topics. I mean there’s a lot of sort of uncomfortable things on here and I’m often talking about things that a lot of people would see as having no business in a public setting, or unpleasant to face, but it was necessary for my growth as an individual to be as transparent as possible, and I mean no offense in creating this. I see it as a very kind and often optimistic record but I'm trying to very accurately capture life and to mask the negativity would be inaccurate as would denying the great times I've had; and I worked very hard to create what I saw as a balanced perspective.
released May 3, 2016
Aaron Muller: Violin - 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11
Anna Andrade: Vocals - 2
Matt O'Donnell: Whistle - 1, 5
Brian Haywood: Saxophone - 5
Vocals - 4
Andrea Zuniga: Vocals - 11
Austin Longbine: Vocals - 4
Randy Jones: Vocals, Classical and Steel String Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Lap Steel, Musical Saw, Music Box, 1-11
Vocal Sampling: Jeff, Connie, Jeffrey, and Randy Jones
Mixed by Randy Jones and Austin Longbine
Mastered by Austin Longbine
Album Art: Jeff and Connie Jones
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