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If you want to make a sizeable donation that far exceeds the cost of a normal digital EP, consider still downloading the EP for free (enter '0') and then sending a direct paypal donation instead (large sums go further this way). Go here to donate: www.brocktyler.com/contact.html
And now, the story:
This EP began in June 2012 with what was really supposed to be a demo (I'm not just making this up to have a cool story to tell you, plus this story isn't even cool).
I had just written the opening track "City Lights" and was recording it so I wouldn't forget the melody. I played and sang it into a single microphone before rushing off to go grocery shopping, or swimming maybe. I listened back later and didn't mind the sound, even though it wasn't very professional sounding. Over the next several weeks I recorded 6 or 7 more in the same way, guitar and vocals into a single microphone. Then I layered on everything I could think of, including an Akai AX60 synthesizer, D.I.'d slide guitar, a Helpinstill portable piano, and half a drum kit (where's the hi-hat?). I picked the best six songs and eventually finished them, and now I'm sharing them with you. Hope you enjoy. Lots more to come.
released December 12, 2012
Written, produced, and performed by Brock Tyler. Karmyn Tyler sang on "The Stars on Your Way" and "My Love For You", Becky McClelland sang on "City Lights" and "Frenchman Valley", Nathan Carroll played pedal steel on "Mountainside".
Recorded and mixed June-November 2012.
Artwork: "Northern Lights" by Tom Thomson
Thank you to Karmyn, Becky, Tim, Aaron, my family, and everyone who has supported me and my music.
Very special thanks to Nathan Carroll for playing and for making this release possible.
This period of obsessive-compulsive music making was in part facilitated by various brands of sparkling water, delicious Transcend Coffee, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Edmonton's river valley, frozen pizza, Minecraft, Robinson Crusoe, Kate Bush, STAX Records, summer, fall, winter, and facial hair.