THE WOODS SUITE will be released in stages, beginning with the track "Walden" and ending with the track "Epitaph." A new song will come out every week for the next month, at which point the complete album will be available on both YouTube (with full video footage) and here on Bandcamp.
Thank you kindly,
THE WOODS SUITE was conceived over the period of a year, and completed in seven months' time. It was written during an intense year of voracious reading, ceaseless travel, empty pockets, and hard-learned lessons. Many of the ideas that inspired the suite surfaced while rediscovering the solemn beauty of upstate New York forests in Bemus Point, NY.
In September 2013, during a long summer of touring, fellow bandmate STEPHEN MAXWELL extended an invitation to record at The Farm in West Chester, PA (having just started the business with ERIC TAIT, JR). The Farm offered a perfect opportunity to record THE WOODS SUITE in its most natural setting – a Northeastern forest, secluded from the bustle and distractions of the city. Maxwell and Tait ran cables hundreds of feet out of The Farm to a nearby clearing in the woods. Two stereo mics were set up to record basic guitar and vocal tracks along with the ambience of the forest. Philadelphia videographer AIDAN UN filmed the entire first day of sessions for the suite's accompanying videos. All other sound was overdubbed during the following two days. Longtime friend PARKER McANNALLY mixed the work in Nashville, TN and new collaborator MATTHEW ATTICUS BERGER mastered the work in Los Angeles, CA.
Over a year and a half of jubilance, toil, headaches and elbow grease were put into this work. I humbly thank you for taking the time to listen to it, and read these accompanying words.
- Cale Hawkins
released September 1, 2014
Produced by CALE HAWKINS
All songs written and performed by CALE HAWKINS
Engineered and recorded at The Farm in West Chester, PA by ERIC TAIT, JR.
Engineer assisted by STEPHEN MAXWELL
Filmed by AIDAN UN
Mixed by PARKER McANNALLY
Mastered by MATTHEW ATTICUS BERGER
Cover art and liner notes designed by CALE HAWKINS
Cover photography by KATA KOZMA
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