I made this album in January of 2008, in the span of a week-ish. I wasn't too happy with my previous album, which I had finished in August, and was thinking that I needed to change my sound and my mindset about writing songs.
"Nemo Nocturne" was the first time I really let my freak flag fly as high as I thought it should; just high enough to see, but not so high that it obstructs the view of anything else. It was also the first time I didn't really default to surrealist tropes to the extent I had before. They're still there -- and I don't think they'll ever leave my songs -- but they're more restrained, more grounded. These five songs are about real experiences, real people (yes, Chelsea is a real girl), real things I was thinking about when I was 19 and 20. That's not to say that previous songs weren't, but I think these are more direct.
All in all, this is the first record I made that I can go back to and listen to and be proud of. If my first two albums are like the pictures with bad hair and orthodonture, this is the one where the braces came off and I got a (semi)respectable haircut.
released January 25, 2008
I did everything, wrote everything you hear here. I think the kid speaking at the end of the title track is my mother, circa 1965 or so. Noah Simon did the album art. I like it, don't you?