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#76542 Thank you Lake and the River

Posted daniel on 15 June 2011 - 01:44 PM

look at banner, Casey.
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#112262 Casey's on Reddit!

Posted casey crescenzo on 12 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

Let me try and explain my response a little better - When I said "...but to be honest, at this point, I am having trouble with its context in the realm of my band." It was very literal. The problem is that the workflow in the current state of the band is a very productive one, particularly during the making of Migrant. Having a BAND for the first time - to bring their performances to the table, and for me to focus more on the big picture and not the minutia was very liberating.
In the past, with acts 1-3, I have had to be so incredibly stubborn and steadfast in the production of the records to try and maintain the very specific scope of each record. Even though the records are expansive, and eclectic, very little was left up to chance, and almost nothing was left up to improvisation. This is the way I need to make concept records.
Migrant is the other end... of the... spectrum. So much of it was on the spot, small changes, little flubs that were kept, because it is meant to be a very human record.
Now I didn't mean to say 'I will never finish the act records'. Realistically, I could never leave them unfinished. What will most likely happen is this: I will write the records on off time over the next year or so, then I will try and work in studio time when I can to complete it on my own, and mix it on my own as well... simultaneously I will be working on the next 'proper' release from the dear hunter.
I don't want you guys to feel that I have abandoned anything. I just feel very inspired by the work on Migrant, and want to see where that takes me. The Act records HAVE to be in a fairly particular style - I can't just slap a tree on Migrant 2 and call it act IV... its has to be right, and it has to be real... always keep it real.


#122843 Act IV: A Night on the Town

Posted casey crescenzo on 04 July 2015 - 05:30 PM

View PostZeiu, on 02 July 2015 - 12:55 PM, said:

Casey, I'm curious on why you chose this song to put out first, compared to Wait or Waves which seem like the obvious singles?

Hey there....

I think the key is that this isn't a traditional album, and this isn't a traditional single approach. Putting out this song first is much more about reaching out to fans of the band... more than attracting new people to the band.

I've heard a few people say that elements of the song were 'fan service', which is simultaneously a compliment and criticism, I feel... but in reality - this was one of the first tracks we really dug our teeth into while writing the record - and it is also about a pivotal moment in the story - so all of the musical allusions to previous and future songs/motifs arose from a place of genuine purpose.

It was also about putting my foot down about the type of band this is. There are going to be 3 to 3 1/2 minute songs in the band's discography - there are going to be mindlessly poppy songs - there will undoubtedly be choruses that are singable... but the purpose of the band is to be creative and organic, not to hit it big on the radio - and releasing a 9 minute track feels like the right first step to reclaiming that identity.