For the folks who have been following my music since the release of “Odd Place To Be” in 2011 (I love you, by the way), I have a bit of exciting news that I’ve been saving just for you. I’ve been working quietly this past month on a 5-song EP of acoustic songs. It’s called “February,” (no need to call it the “secret EP” anymore – secret’s out!) and it’s a project unlike any other that you’ve heard from me before.
It started this January when I just got the bug to record – like, NOW. I wanted to perform a little experiment; how good can we make something sound with 2 or 3 musicians, 1 microphone, 3 days, and a tiny budget? The resulting effort was “February,” a collection of acoustic, imperfect, and personal songs that I’ve written over the past several months.
The EP was produced by my dear friend and talented musician, J.T. Spangler, and was recorded in his humble living room studio. You can hear the creak of the chair that Matt Nelson sat in while playing cello, and the tiptoes of roommates’ feet trying (but failing) to be discreet. You can hear my voice and all of its little imperfections – some of the things that might get smoothed out of a big-budget studio record. (It’s kind of like a photo shoot without the airbrushing, I guess.) But this wasn’t about proving a point about high-dollar records. It was just about 5 friends (and a dog named Molly) recording an EP in 3 days… for fun. Because this is what we love to do.
The EP features two songs that were written solo (“Rest of My Life” and “Masochist”) and three collaborative efforts (“Any Time Soon,” co-written with Quinn Erwin of Afterlife Parade, “You,” co-written and featuring Evan McHugh, and “Diamond in a Coal Mine,” co-written with Perrin Lamb.) Well-loved Nashville singer-songwriter and front man of the extraordinarily talented a cappella group “Street Corner Symphony” (NBC’s The Sing-Off) Jeremy Lister was also kind enough to fill in as my duettist on “Any Time Soon,” since the song’s co-writer and my usual partner, Quinn Erwin, was busy witnessing the birth of his first child! The whole plan to record a few acoustic songs was thrown together in a matter of days, a spur-of-the-moment, “why not” decision that, thanks to the talents of those involved, manifested into a project that I’m really very proud of.
“February” will be coming to iTunes worldwide this Friday, February 15th, and the physical copies will follow shortly. I designed the album artwork myself, this time using pens and paintbrushes instead of digital fonts and computer programs. All of the song lyrics are hand-written and include a small note about the song and what inspired it. Only 100 physical copies will be printed, and each of them contains a unique, numbered Polaroid photo, either of me or photographed by me. These limited physical copies will be sold exclusively through my shop on HolleyMaher.com, so keep an eye on the blog, the mailing list, and my social networks for news of their availability, coming soon.
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