(compass) was composed and arranged by Chimney Choir between March 2012 and April 2013. The songs were born on the road - sketched out, improvised, jammed, performed, scrapped, and reinvented over months of touring in the US, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. They were hashed out around campfires in between gigs, sung in the van during long stretches of driving, and tested in front of a new audience every night. (compass) has themes of themelessness and vague nostalgia and should be filed away between celebrate and concentrate.
They wanted to capture a unique sonic character for the recording. The drums were tracked in an historic 1920's theater, they sang in a makeshift vocal booth in an urban carriage house, and retreated to the mountains for the finishing touches. They incorporated field recordings from a Belgian train station, Kris picked back up her childhood fiddle, and a new dimension was layered with the bass of Tom Plassmeyer. Co-producer Jeremy Averitt helped weave the acoustic and electronic elements together while mixing with in an antiques warehouse.
(compass) was released over four months in a series of semi-theatrical performances at Leon Gallery in Denver, CO. Each monthly performance investigated a cardinal direction in hope to 'find the compass.' The performances were inspired by minimalist Fringe theater, where production was suggested or even imaginary. The shows experimented with sound collage, storytelling, puppetry, dance, and ritual. They lit candles, burned incense, and painted their faces. "We're establishing dreamlike environments where the audience can't really tell the show from reality after a certain point." Rynhart said of the performances. The final episode took place on June 23rd with the full release the album. (compass) was found after a mock game show within a show at the antiques warehouse near Denver's bohemian South Broadway neighborhood where a few weeks later, Carl's Astrovan would be burglarized. A very lovely place on a lawless street.
released June 23, 2013
Kris Drickey - violin, piano, percussion, vocals
David Rynhart - piano, guitar, synth, percussion, vocals
Kevin Larkin - guitar, harmonica, computer, mandolin, percussion, vocals
Carl Sorensen - Percussion
Tom Plassmeyer - Bass
Produced by Chimney Choir
Recorded in and around Denver, CO
Mixed by Jeremy Averitt and Chimney Choir
Mastered by Paul Cox @ 226 Recordings - Houston TX
Abi McGaha Miller - clarinet on Not What I Thought
Pickle - fiddle on Time Machine Algorithm II and Nova Scotia
Chimney Choir is a Denver based group of multi-instrumentalists, writers, and singers who skillfully interweave genres
resulting in a “folk meets world music sound, steeped in psychedelia”. Often changing instruments in between songs, they combine computer synths with traditional acoustic instrumentation and junkyard percussion....more