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the spirit of DIY strikes again! I made these CDs (in case you couldn't tell) because the ole compact disc isn't QUITE extinct yet. Comes with track listing and liner notes insert (and I'll throw in a sticker too)
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This album is the first full length album under this new project, my first serious undertaking since stepping away from Pandafan. I had a lot to prove. I don’t know to who, mostly myself I guess. Some songs were old Pandafan songs, a lot of them came into existence after. I ask a lot of questions. Again, mostly to myself. There are threads that connect all of these songs. Even if this is not a “concept album,” it is, because the theme through all of it is reflection on life and emotions, and maybe a little history and philosophy. I wrestled with a lot of ennui and disaffection in the last two years (still am) and all of that is in these songs, but I like to believe it’s resolved to some degree by the end of the record.
It was recorded entirely at our studio on Long Island, Silo Recordings. We don’t have anything too fancy, but we have the tools we need to create what we want to create, and that’s something I am eternally grateful for. Protools, some decent mics, a bunch of cool guitars, a whole lot of amplifiers, a whole lot of vocal tracks, some really cool musicians, a ukulele, you get the picture.
I cannot express enough gratitude to my dear partner Kelsey. You have been there for me always, and had a huge hand in making this record what it is. I’m forever thankful that I have you to bounce ideas off of and go to for advice.
I am also so thankful to my parents, Cathy and Bill. Your support means everything to me, I would not be the person I am today without you.
To all of the musicians who played, I sometimes have a hard time letting other people play my music, especially recording, but you are all so good at what you do and it’s an incredible feeling to trust someone with my music and be able to collaborate. Sarah, Chris, Al, Nick, Brian, and Dad, thank you. And thank you to Francis and James for being solid bassists on stage for us.
The song at the end of Promising Light was a magical moment that happened out of sheer serendipity. I was in a folk music workshop in the Adirondacks, and on the first night there we were going around the circle sharing tunes. One of the workshop leaders started this one, and I thought it was so beautiful I decided to record it on my phone. When she got to the verse about light, I couldn’t believe it. It fit the record so perfectly. I don’t usually believe in fate, but it did seem like it was meant to be. I was already halfway through recording the album at that point, and had already chosen the name and the running order. So thank you to the folks at Roots and Branches, that was a very special moment.
And thank you to everyone who listened to rough mixes and gave your creative energy to the space at the studio. You have a piece of your creativity in this record as well, and I do not take that for granted.
released October 11, 2019
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Delaney Hafener and Bill Hafener at The Silo Studio.
Nick Balzano: drums on tracks 5 and 7
Al Criscuolo: drums on tracks 1, 2, and 4
Brian Dumont: pedal steel
Sarah Gross: piano
Bill Hafener: electric guitar on track 2
Chris Olsen: drums on tracks 3 and 8
Inspired by the sounds of folk music from The Carter Family to First Aid Kit, The Belle Curves is the brainchild of producer-
vocalist-songwriter-instrumentalist Delaney Hafener. Leaning on her eclectic influences in reflective, thoughtful songwriting, she and a rotating group of musicians create a unique indie/folk aesthetic....more