Psychic Translation Special Content
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The EP in full:
As a way to say thank you for following me along this musical journey that I'm on, I've uploaded Psychic Translation in its entirety a day early so you can listen to it early.
A special thanks to everyone who contributed to my first EP. I will never stop saying thank you.
If you would like a physical copy of Psychic Translation or an abstract-artwork lyric book, you can view those on bandcamp.
Psychic Translation was inspired by premonition dreams that I’ve had throughout my life. In the fourth grade, I had a dream that I was staring at duct tape on the floor, and when I switched schools in 8th grade to go to a charter school, I saw the same strip of duct tape on the floor of my 8th grade classroom. I also had a premonition where I saw a good friends’ face before meeting them for the first time. Everything else in the song was inspired by a conversation I had with friends about having the same dreams as other people at the same time and about the weird nature of dreams.
This demo of Psychic Translation was recorded in a C of I practice room in February of 2015.
Compared to the rest of the songs on the EP, Leaving Skagit is the newest. I wrote it in late June/early July 2015 following a trip to Bellingham to visit my boyfriend at the time. Each verse of the song correlates to a moment in time I experienced during the trip, while the chorus was written while I was unhappily sitting on the plane to go back home to Boise. The lyrics in the last section of Leaving Skagit were inspired by a conversation I had with Johanna Warren and Eleanor Murray in Bellingham about our generation being in a magic state of people, conversation, and time. Having that conversation with them after their gig that night inspired me to go home and song-write more than any other moment of the trip.
Demo of Leaving Skagit
This early demo of Leaving Skagit was recorded in the basement of my house on Dearborn in Caldwell in July 2015. Ashton Jenicek played Bass and Kaitlyn Dovel played keys on this demo.
At the time of this songs’ conception, I had recently lost my guitar instructor, Christi Green. At the time that I found out, I was with a roommate of mine, and I couldn't cry, I was in shock. She said, "I'm not good in these situations. I don't know what to do," and we went on with what we were doing. For the few weeks that followed, I found myself stuck in a rut of confusion and sadness while doing normal every day activities. One day, as I was on my way to water a previous professor’s flowers in the morning, I wondered, “when will life return back to normal?” A few days later, I was having a particularly rough morning, and I went into McCain at the College of Idaho to get my dry cappuccino for the day. Misty, a lady who was working there, gave me two dry cappuccinos and that act of kindness turned my whole day around.
I went into the music lab at C of I and told the story about the two cappuccinos and another student, Joseph Green, said, “Isn’t it great when the universe gives you what you need?” That stayed with me and became the last section of the Universe. Musically, the chord progression stays constant throughout all parts of the song until the outro as a way to musically express being stuck in a rut and only changes at the end when the lyrics, “but there are those days, where you get two cappuccinos and everything is right, the universe gives you what you need sometimes” is introduced in order to musically represent the moment that I no longer felt stuck in the same mentality of grief.
*Unfortunately, the Universe wasn't recorded as a demo. To be honest, I'm not sure why I never recorded it, but it was first captured at a gig at the Neurolux on December 8th, 2015.
Kerosene was partially inspired by a spring event thrown at C of I called Spring Fling and partially inspired by the long-distance relationship I was in at the time. While writing the lyrics, I was thinking about laying in the amphitheater on spring fling and the timelessness of those moments. Meanwhile, I was also thinking about long-distance relationships being placed on a foundation of dreams and idealistic views of the individuals in it, and that, while the relationship often feels timeless while immersed in it, at the end of the day, those dreams and ideals may not match reality.
This demo of Kerosene was recorded in May 2015 on an Iphone in my room at a house in Caldwell dubbed the "Wisconsin" house.
It was the summer of 2010. I spent a majority of the summer in McCall, ID listening to Bon Iver, Band of Horses, Bowerbirds, and Band of Skulls while reading Catcher in the Rye. I listened to the same albums by the same artists so many times that the summer soundtrack I created for myself became permanently embedded in my head.
When I wasn’t reading or listening to music, I was at the swimming pool in McCall. One day, I had the pool all to myself, so I went into the pool and floated in the water for a long time. For the first time, I noticed the tall Aspens’ leaves fluttering in the wind. They were mesmerizing, beautiful, and enchanting. That moment-in-time, memory, and imagery stuck with me.
The lyrics were first written in early March of 2015 and originally had another verse.
The first demo of Aspens was recorded with an Iphone on March 11th in a practice room at the College of Idaho.
Here's that demo: