A Grave With No Name Feathers Wet, Under The Moon on LP
Feathers Wet, Under The Moon is the latest release from A Grave With No Name, the recording project of London's Alexander Shields. The follow-up to 2013’s Whirlpool, which served as Shields' first foray into a recording studio, eschewing the bedroom recordings of his previous releases, Feathers Wet, Under The Moon sees him return to the studio, this time trading the foggy confines of London for the rolling hills of Nashville, TN and enlisting respected producer/engineer Mark Nevers (The Silver Jews, Lambchop, William Tyler, Mount Moriah).
Shields explains, “I traveled to Nashville on my own in April to record with Mark Nevers at his Beech House studio, he’s produced loads of artists I admire such as Bonnie Prince Billy, Silver Jews, William Tyler, Lambchop (whom he is a member of), and Vic Chesnutt. Mark and I worked on our own for a while, then we started calling in local Nashville musicians for overdubs such as guitarist William Tyler (who made one of my favourite albums of the past few years) and Tony Crow (who is from Lambchop, and the most amazing piano player I’ve ever seen), Emmylou Harris’ drummer etc."
He adds, "My best friend Daniel Blumberg (who now records under the name Hebronix, and used to be in Yuck) came out to visit in the second week and helped out with some guitar and piano. The whole record took two weeks to track, and then I travelled back to London and we spent a month sending mixes back and forth via email. It felt a long, long way away from recording alone in my bedroom.”
The approach to recording Feathers Wet, Under The Moon was entirely new to Shields. In the past, he would write every note of each song, and then would perform and record everything himself, or carefully instruct the players how he wanted it to sound. For this record, he presented the bare bones of the songs to the group, then Nevers would hit record and they would just play, often creating the arrangements on the fly. The resulting record, however, is an exercise in precision restraint that belies its creation. With slowly unfolding melodies, atypical song structures, and a sense of meandering melancholy, Feathers Wet, Under The Moon takes us on a personal journey that somehow feels universal.
A Grave With No Name Feathers Wet, Under The Moon Track Listing:
1. Nursing Home
2. Your Ghost By the Lake
4. Before the Morning Comes
7. I Will Ride A Horse
8. Under the Ice
10. Natural Light