Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up
by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last
song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. I'm still surprised by
what I wound up with. It was the first time I'd sat still for a few
years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage.
Recorded pretty simply, with aportable 4-track ,Sony stereo mic
and an upright piano. When I wasn't recording songs I was hiking
several miles to the beach. The pathwound through the ruins of
several old estates and a small village.
The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed
structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way
they came(microwave beep from when power went out after a
storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place
that I was in.