Vein Matter

by Nature's Neighbor

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released October 3, 2017


written, performed & recorded by Nature's Neighbor

mixed by Terrill Mast & Mike Walker


Terrill Mast - taal tarang tabla, melodica, piano, percussion, synths, sampler, bells, marimba, zither, pocket operator, lyrics, vocals

Mike Walker - synths, sampler, percussion, guitars, bass, lyrics, vocals

Brandon Studer - guitar, bass, sampler, percussion, synths

Austin Thomasson - guitar, vocals

Radhika Bhatt - trumpet


album art by Mike Walker, Cheer Zhao & Terrill Mast

mastered by Will Killingsworth


Mike Walker, Brandon Studer (aka Wren Smiles), and I started this album seven months ago via email and kept bouncing ideas off each other. It was like piecing together Frankenstein’s creature for its reanimation, and we were mad scientists at work. Then things eventually came to a slow stop sometime in May, and the three or four tracks we had produced with began to gather digital dust. You know how it goes.

Fast forward a few months to this August when Radhika Bhatt and I set out on a trip to Chicago in a car packed to the brim with musical instruments (plus we kidnapped Zachary Klaus on the way) to stay with Mike Walker and Cheer Zhao at their apartment in Edgewater. I had left the city over a year ago and it was my first time coming back. During that trip we all reconnected, reveled, and recorded five of the eight tracks that are on this album. Also featured is Austin Thomasson (aka Austin James Christ) who provided vocals and guitar during an all day recording session at his place in Logan Square. We had regained our momentum and set out to finish what we had started.

To me, Vein Matter encapsulates many of our collective dreams and feelings of Chicago, and of leaving something we love so much behind us as we continually venture onward into the next chapter of our lives. As such, I am happy to leave this behind for you all as I make my way across the globe to live in India for eight months. Cheers!

- Terrill Mast, October 4th 2017


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Nature's Neighbor is the project of song-writer Mike Walker.

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