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EL TRYPTOPHAN – GUILT VACATION
Release date: Fall 2014
Side A

Guilt Vacation
Ida
Wrinkle in Time
Syntax Static
Google Portrait

Side B

Horizon
Share
Insect Express
Tear Race
Slow Morning
Beethoven for Relaxation
Eucalyptus

The album features twenty musicians, including Dean Wareham (Dean & Britta, Galaxie 500, Luna), Will Epstein (High Water, Nicolas Jaar), a children’s choir, and many surprises.

I began recording Guilt Vacation in the Fall of 2011 and finished late Spring 2014. My studio was the vacant floor of a gramercy park townhouse from 1847. The entire building was in a spooky liminal state, awaiting renovation. In my space there was an enormous dusty mirror reflecting a gilded chandelier. Relationships began and ended there. Nocturnal jam sessions. I moved room-to-room to protect my instruments from the encroaching dust. We threw an epic New Years-eve party to say goodbye with Shrimp & White Wine and Ducktails DJ sets. This album is a culmination of the three years I spent working at gramercy.

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Gryphon

Calder and Sound
, a catalog essay accompanying the exhibition Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2013)

Gryphon Rue