monday song #110: “existentialism 101”


had this around a few weeks, unfinished. created the outro this afternoon, so i can finally release it to the wild.

had an idea that i’d make the final album for a musician who killed himself. the song plays as a conscious attempt to stay positive and look on the bright side, while the unconscious slowly pulls you under.

it was freeing to write as someone else. and the unfinished quality of the album allows the stark arrangement to work with just a minimum of instruments.

i wanted for every line to be delivered in harmony, offering the person a way of hiding and revealing at the same time, avoiding being too exposed while plumbing the depths. harmony done tightly enough can feel like a single voice with a super-complex tone. like writing whale songs. working with vocal harmony is always the most fun part of the job.