released August 30, 2012
Recorded and mixed by Terrill Mast & Mike Walker
All songs written / composed by Terrill Mast
**Except for Spiral Stair which was written by Mike Walker**
Terrill Mast - sampler, melodica, lyrics, vox, shaker, ukelele, synths
Mike Walker - guitars, lyrics, vox, synths, keyboards, sampler
Matt Nauss - synths, percussion, vox
artwork by Mike Walker
mastered by Mike Walker
Contact Nature's Neighbor
Written during the last few months of 2011 and the first half of 2012 this album marks an interesting transition period from the singer songwriter type material that takes up half of our first album into a more abstract and electronic approach to songwriting. This album is made to be a sort of soundtrack to an anime that doesn’t exist. Because of this there are very little lyrics to be heard on this album.
After making YM&TP I was sort of stumped as to where to go next musically. I had moved out of the place on Halsted and needed a new apartment and two new roommates by the start of the 2011 fall semester. Having been very excited by our first collaboration I asked Terrill if he would move in with me for a year and he agreed. We Stayed at the Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop with another roommate named Mehdi who was a total eccentric and another huge source of inspiration for Terrill and I at the time.
Terrill really took the leading role on this album and conceived nearly all of the tracks on his own. Only one song doesn’t include Terrill’s contributions and that is track #6. This album also features the talents of Matt Nauss on 3 tracks. During our time living together Terrill was a completely unstoppable musical force. He recorded a new song about every two days and by the time our lease was up the following year (summer 2012) he had written bout 75 of his own solo tracks. While making this album we were constantly watching a lot of 90s anime and I think that influence shows. The cover features an edited picture of Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangellion.
Terrill’s approach to recording was completely alien to me at the time and really re-invigorated my creativity by implementing techniques that I never imagined previously. This album stands as a testament to Terrill and his unique artistic vision.