Erik Walters doesn’t like talking about himself. Getting him to open up about his new album is like prying open an oyster. The former singer and guitarist for Spokane post-rock band The Globes (Barsuk), Walters has struck out on his own on his debut solo album, “The Living Fact,” which features songs written, played and sung by him.
Written in part while he was crashing in his brother’s kitchen during a frustrating time, songs like “Hades’ Black Rattle” and “Nostalgia’s Cradle” deal with anxiety, the fear of being stuck, of growing older and wondering whether you made the right choices in life. Several songs are “written from the perspective of someone who settled because of fear and then asked why,” he explains. Others, like “Thinking of Her on Highway 90,” which borrows a lyric from William Butler Yeats, are lighter, sweet love songs sparkling with tenderness. The intricate acoustic guitar work on songs like “Castles (Que Sera, Sera)” lends Fleetwood-folk flair, while the surging bass and keyboard on “Blue Eyed Mary” recall prime-era Tom Petty with their propulsive energy.
Produced by Steven Aguilar (The Head and the Heart, Dave Matthews Band, Moby), “The Living Fact” features guest appearances by Northwest musicians such as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis and John Van Deusen of the Lonely Forest. The songwriting on “The Living Fact” follows in the confessional and personal footsteps of the Northwest indie sound of Death Cab for Cutie, David Bazan, and Damien Jurado, but with an iconography unique to Walters.
No wonder Walters doesn’t like bragging about his album. He doesn’t need to. The music speaks for itself.
Thanks for listening.
released 26 November 2013
Produced by Steven Aguilar
Recorded by Steven Aguilar at Litho / Bearhead Studio, Seattle,WA
Assistant Engineer (Litho) Brendan Mills-McCabe
Mixed by Steven Aguilar at Bearhead Studio
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA
Erik J. Walters: vocals, guitars, bass, wurlitzer, synthesizer, hammer dulcimer, harmonium, percussion, drums (11)
Michael Benjamin Lerner: drums
Jared McSharry: electric guitar (1,2,5)
John Van Deusen: piano
Steven Aguilar: mellotron, synthesizer, percussion
Anthony and Shay Carlucci: BGVs (1,2,4,5)
Music and lyrics written and arranged by Erik J. Walters*
*excecpt "Thinking Of Her on Highway 90" - lyric borrowed from the public domain ("Song Of Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yeats)*
All songs (c) 2013 Erik J. Walters (BMI)
Cover photo by Chona Kasinger