A follow-up to 2004's 'Hang On To Your Ego,' this album contains twelve original songs that explore life in the early 21st century. From fear and paranoia to humor and excitment, a collection of characters meet, interact, scream, and whisper their reactions and desires. Genres collide. Some songs contain distorted manic blues guitar with bass clarinets, violins, violas, and cellos soaring over it; while others contain layers of mallet percussion, flutes, radios, and prepared percussion. There are pop songs with bright pianos and French horns and big band arrangments with a 13 piece horn section manned by three people. Throughout all of this pervades a sense of songwriting that borders on being sincere and irreverent. Is it journalism? Commentary? A cantata? Leftover B-sides? Clues are hidden throughout. Guest musicians include Molly Agnew, Tim Borst, Andra Durham, David Ferguson, Jon Gauger, Stacy McKinley, Elissa Metropoulos, Marcus Ranucci, KT Somero, and Hannah Trobe. Engineered and mastered by Stephen Jansen. Art by Katie Boehm.
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