Hex of Infinite Binding EP

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WELCOME WAYWARD TRAVELER TO THE HEX VORTEX. I used to release a whole bunch of EPs. I miss the general spiritual realm of the EP and am hereby centering an intention to spend more time thereat. These songs represent, in part, the first salvo of my resolve. “Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis” were written at home in North Carolina sometime during the summer and recorded by Brandon Eggleston at Electrical Audio in Chicago during our three-night stand at Old Town School of Folk Music. “Tucson Fog” is a home recording from last December, things can get a little dark in December. “Hospital Reaction Shot” was produced & engineered by Chris Stamey at Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, NC; Chris also wrote the string arrangements and played bass and electric guitar. Percussion on “Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis” by Matt Espy from Dead Rider, maximum respect. Only one of these songs is directly about death but the person or persons in all these songs will someday die. The death one, “Hospital Reaction Shot,” is drawn from a picture of Mickey Deans holding a press conference to inform the world of the death of Judy Garland, to whom he had been married for three months. Yet the press conference is a sham, because Judy Garland lives, as Ted Sallis lives, as do many others thought missing. They can often be found in the vortex shortly before sundown, plotting their return. We live in hope! —John Darnielle

released September 7, 2018

John Darnielle: guitars, vocals, possibly some keyboard
Matt Douglas: woodwinds, vocals, harmony vocals, probably some keyboard
Matt Espy: percussion (“Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis”)
Chris Stamey: electric guitar, bass guitar, and string arrangement (“Hospital Reaction Shot”)
Leah Gibson: cello (“Hospital Reaction Shot”)
Aubrey Keisel: viola and violin (“Hospital Reaction Shot”)
Jon Wurster: drums and percussion (“Hospital Reaction Shot”)

“Hospital Reaction Shot” produced, recorded, and mixed by Chris Stamey at Modern Recording (Chapel Hill, NC)
“Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis” produced by Brandon Eggleston at Electrical Audio (Chicago, IL), mixed by Chris Boerner
“Tucson Fog” recorded in my bedroom by me

Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen Mastering (Carrboro, NC)

Artwork by Daniel Murphy

All songs written by John Darnielle, Cadmean Dawn (ASCAP), administered worldwide by Pacific Electric Music Publishing


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