American Decay

Reverberated songs, AM radio chatter, and looping vinyl crackle, recorded between 2009 and 2014.

In a fluorescent motel lobby, a little radio behind bulletproof glass plays the American hit parade. That night I dreamt of Natalie Wood on an endless loop, leaping and yelling “hit your lights” from the edge of a cliff, her arms swinging through the headlights again and again. The next morning I began assembling this collection of reverberated songs, AM radio chatter, and looping vinyl crackle, recorded between 2009 and 2014. Dedicated to static and love among the ruins, these are soundtracks for long drives, cheap motels, and late nights.

Tracks
Enchanted Desert

"They’ll challenge each other to walk ten miles into Death Valley without any supplies. They wager money on it."

Reverberated Crying

A dusty ballad plays in a grand old ballroom filled with tailored men and elaborate hairdos.

Do You Remember New Orleans?

One night I found a cassette tape at the bottom of a shoebox while cleaning the attic. The label said Jim Reeves Roast, June 1978.

Connie & Coltrane at the End of Time

A busted tape loop of sludgy Coltrane with a shot of Connie Francis in a ballroom filled with radio static and feedback.

Texas Radio Drift

He heard it somewhere southeast of El Paso. An old Mexican ballad maybe, not that he could understand a word of it, but the woman’s voice was the most beautiful thing he’d ever heard.

Further Listening