"I want to tell the story of this record because the process of making it and the finished result turned out to be very special to us both. The truth is, the story is best told by the recording itself. Aidan and I have made many recordings in the eight years since we started collaborating. We’ve made two records, one EP, and countless unreleased recordings with our band, Highwater Rising. We’ve labored over some songs while other recordings came together overnight. [Pillows & Records] seemed to come the easiest; the culmination, I suppose, of the 8 years of experience and mutual trust.
In just 25 days (January 5–30, 2005) this record was recorded, mixed and mastered. Inspired by the stories depicted in Dylan’s “Chronicles” and excited to approach this record differently from Highwater Rising’s last release, “The In Between” (2003), we decided to try to capture entire versions of songs, keeping the majority of the live takes as they were performed. We were committed to choosing performance over perfection and leaving mistakes. As it turned out, the band made very few mistakes. It was truly an honor for us both to work with such a great group of guys.
I hope you like this record. Thanks."
released June 1, 2005
Produced, recorded, and mixed by JJ Wiesler
All music by Aidan Hawken except "Pillows & Records" by Aidan Hawken, JJ Wiesler, and Jason Borger, "Wherever You Are" and "Neighborhood" by Aidan Hawken & Jacob Bronstein
All music © 2005 Lie Awake Music (ASCAP)
except "Pillows & Records" © 2005 Analog Kid Music (ASCAP)
All lyrics by Aidan Hawken
Cover photo by Ivan Iannoli (www.ivaniannoli.com
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