I had absolutely no idea how I wanted the music to sound that day in the studio. None. I only knew how I did not want it to sound, and how I did not want it to feel. I didn’t want it to be pretentious or slick. I didn’t want it to seem safe or to feel precious. I like music that’s wild. That feels unrehearsed. Music that’s full of the mysterious and the humorous and full of sex and wonder and dance and all the other things that make life interesting. I guess what I mean to say is that my music is subtractive in nature, not additive. I find what I like only by discarding what I don’t.
Also, the reason I do what I do and play the way I play reveals itself to me every time I pick up the instrument. It’s not a conscious effort at all.
I knew that Leo, who has been my friend for 20 years, is capable of the highest level of free expression in music and in life. He and I are beyond telling each other what or how to play. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Sean (whom I hadn’t played with before this session) is equally capable and masterful, and plays with a disciplined-reckless abandon I really dig.
Anyway, I hope you, the listener, enjoys receiving this music as much as we enjoyed creating it.
- Justin Purtill
released November 4, 2022
Total time 27 mins - technically an EP
Justin Purtill: Guitars, voice, compositions (except where otherwise indicated)
Leo Genovese: Piano
Sean Conly: Bass
Recorded September 20, 2021 by Luis Bacque at Bacque Recording Studios, New Jersey
Mixed by Jeremy Loucas at Sear Sound, New York City
Mastered by Toby Mountain
Cover illustration by Robert Mirolo
Graphic design by Mark Smith
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