This album - their second full length, and fourth release over all - was recorded in fits and spurts over the course of a year and a half. It was a blast to make at times, a drag at others. All of that excitement and tension is reflected within the music.
Arief Sless-Kitain from Time Out Chicago said that it "contrasts moody chamber-pop with a hedonistic edge. The record swims in distorted guitars and cascading spirals of psychedelic sound, while lyrics explore both everyday mundanity and the extraordinary. Cello highlights an autumnal current drifting through meditative tunes, but despite the Good Book references and existential undertones, a communal sense of humor shines through… Singer Alex Preston apes Lou Reed’s warbly drawl to fit his own indie intentions, but to accuse him of biting the notorious curmudgeon would be disingenuous. We can’t imagine Reed ever having this much fun."
released September 29, 2009
Written, arranged, and produced by Mittens on Strings (David Badger, Alex Preston, Danah Albaum, Jacob Daneman, & Jonathan Schenke).
Additional instrumentation by Joe O'Connell, Meagan Pierce, Caitlin Macklin, & Scott Kagawa.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Schenke at Carterco Recording, Experimental Sound Studio & home. Assisted by David Badger & Tim Shaw.