Shearwater Fellow Travelers on LP + Download Coupon
"Fellow Travelers wasn’t supposed to be a full-length record, so I’m a little surprised to admit that it’s my favorite Shearwater album so far. It was meant to be a small thing to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length. But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we’ve toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring.
"Touring is an expression of faith - in yourself, in your friends, in the hope that the world has a place for you. In that spirit, I invited all the bands we covered to play on Fellow Travelers, with the caveat that you couldn’t play on your own song. Almost everyone rose to the bait: Chris from the Baptist Generals turned Clinic’s “Tomorrow” into a stomping incantation, while Clinic infected the Generals’ “Fucked Up Life” with drum machines, radio signals, and combo organ.
"I added recordings I made of birds and waves in the Falklands to David Thomas Broughton’s “Ambiguity,” and he sent us a tape he made of sparrows, bulbuls, and the clanking shovels of highway workers in Pyongyang, North Korea, which we spliced into our rock-anthem version of Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv the Valley OH!!” And Jenn from Wye Oak, who, like us, had also toured with Lou B, added vocals to “Natural One.” - Jonathan Meiburg, NYC, March 2013
Shearwater Fellow Travelers Track Listing:
1. Our Only Sun
2. I Luv the Valley OH!
3. Hurts Like Heaven
4. Natural One
8. A Wake for the Minotaur
9. Mary is Mary
10. Fucked Up Life