A little while back (Summer of ‘11?) I wrote a tune that felt like a slightly different animal than my usual long-form, mystical prog-ishness of Ex Reverie. I approached Mike Kennedy, a great friend and musician in Philly, and asked him to produce it. Mike’s the mind behind the band Audible, and I felt like his precise craftsmanship and nuanced ear would be refreshing for this gentle tune.
What he came up with (by arranging, producing, engineering, and playing very nearly every single instrument), is a rare thing that is very near and dear to my heart now. I’m so grateful to have incredibly talented people in my friend-family and musical life!
Speaking of which, the new live Ex Reverie band has been practicing weekly up here in Providence, and it’s pretty much the most exciting thing that’s ever happened in my lifetime of performance. It is heavy, ball-out, dark, and full wicked magic that fills me with glee to think of sharing with all of you in person…at long last!
I’d thought to make a road-trip video for “Stay”, and hopefully still will at some point, but precisely because the new band is so deliciously heavy and shreddy I thought that the time was now to let this breezy bird of a song fly, lest it get crushed under the monolith of guitars and fuzz bass that’s about to start galloping around the east coast.
Hope you all enjoy the fresh tune, here on this first day of the new season. Please share it with your friends if you’re so moved - this is a digital-only release for the time being and could use your help to be heard. Thank you as always for the support, the ears, and the love.
Photo by the marvelous Courtney Brooke