released January 1, 2018
"A beautiful Lo-Fi, acoustic, adventure."
- The Deli Magazine
Recorded by Mike Walker
Performed by Mike Walker, Terrill Mast & Daniel Lee
Mike Walker - guitar, zhong ruan, melodica, vocals
Daniel Lee - cello, guitar, vocals
Terrill Mast - piano
Artwork - Mike Walker
Mixed & Mastered by Seth Engel
Recorded in Lakeview, Edgewater, Humboldt Park, McCormick Place and Oak Park, Chicago
Terrill's piano parts recorded in Herndon Virginia
PBI & Old Timer co-written with Daniel Lee in 2014
Dedicated to Ann Lester and Yuzhong
After making 3 or 4 very maximalist and multilayered albums I wanted to make a very simple acoustic album and set myself a few rules. No click track, no MIDI instruments and most importantly of all, no drums or percussion of any kind. It was a very comfortable recording experience using just one USB mic and my laptop to record all of these songs.
I sent three of them off to Terrill and I think the piano layers he sent back are some of the most beautiful performances he's ever done on a Nature's Neighbor album.
I reconnected with Daniel Lee in a big way on this album as well. Visiting his home in Oak Park we sat down and played acoustic guitars just as we had back when we lived together in 2010 and 2011.
At the end of it I came out with 9 acoustic tracks. Simple songs for a very complex time.
Here's a link to a solo acoustic set that I played in the fall of 2017 to promote the songs off 'Jade' other bands on the set were Options & About A Million who are both dear friends of mine. The set was recorded live at The VCR by the wonderful Chris Lee.