Amy Klein Fire on LP
"I wrote this album about growing up. Working on this album for five years was my way of trying to find meaning in the feeling of not knowing who I was. I feel like for most of my twenties, I was trying to create some perfect version of myself and then find a place where that person would fit. I've tried to reinvent myself so many times, I've lost count of all the different people I've wanted to be. It's a difficult process learning how to be okay with yourself, the fact that you're imperfect, and the fact that you have to define your own place in this world.
"The album is about me creating a place where I can belong and can trust myself. I hope that idea connects with other people and helps them realize they can do that too. My idea for the album came together when my brother in law Greg gave me the Neil Young album On the Beach. I heard the line, "I went to the radio interview. I ended up alone at the microphone," and I felt like he was singing straight to me. I hadn't known it was possible to write so clearly about alienation from yourself. When I think about that time, I picture sitting in my parents minivan listening to Neil Young and looking at that CD cover: Neil Young with his back to us, facing the ocean. The characters in my album, Valerie, for example, are all facing that ocean in their own way.
"On the album, in addition to me on guitars/vocals/keys, you'll notice the contributions of drummer Colin Brooks. Colin's creative and precise musicianship consistently takes my songs to a higher level...Sandy Davis, of the band Pecas, played bass with natural feel and tone. Yoed Nir, a classical cellist and a member of Regina Spektorâs band, played cello with this emotional quality that adds beautiful splashes of color. Andrew Cedermark, a guitarist I really respect, generously played an epic guitar solo. Jamal Ruhe, mastered the album and kept it sounding nice and heavy. And then there's Kevin McMahon, who stuck with me as I worked obsessively on the same album for nearly half a decade. Kevin produced, recorded, and mixed the album at Marcata Recording, his studio in Upstate New York..." - Amy Klein