I curated this album around songs by bands that I saw play at the inaugural Eaux Claires festival in 2015. I originally called it "Eaux Montclair," so as to play on the name of the festival, draw some sort of musical parallel between Justin Vernon's hometown and my own, and in doing so pay tribute to an artist who has had such a profound influence on the ways I think about music. Now it's just "Eaux M," which is less suggestive of any place in particular. Coincidentally, it also sounds a lot like the letters "O M," or literally the word "om"! It harkens to zen and peace of mind.
That's sort of what this album tells a story about: being patient and not growing too attached to things. These are things that I don't always do. This isn't low-energy music but it has a profound calming effect for me. I think it might for you, too.
I've spent the last four years carving out a sound for myself, and these recordings feel like the best expression of it to date. Thank you for listening.
released September 30, 2016
Recorded by Sammy Mellman in Oberlin OH, Montclair NJ and Bloomfield NJ* on an iPad
All arrangements by Sammy
Trombones, vocals, and bass by Sammy
Drum set on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Zack Levine
Drum set on track 2, Percussion tracks 2, 5 and 8 by Daniel Bloch
Other percussion by Sammy
Group chant on track 1 by a bunch of friends at Jared Hochberg's
Voice samples on the first and last tracks are by Michael Perry and Justin Vernon, taken from the Bon Iver set at Eaux Claires 2015.
Mixed by Sammy with help from Tom Bethel
Post recording work and mastering with Thomas W. Bethel at Acoustik Musik in Oberlin, OH
Album artwork by Max Mellman and Sammy
Sammy Trombone logo also by Max
Music Video for "Woods" directed by Ethan Cantor:
Special thanks to:
My parents and my brother
Eaux Claires, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner
Mike J, Mike O and the Eaux Claires operations crew
Zack Levine and the endless inspiration from Pinegrove
Sam Skinner for early mastering and advice
*Temple Ner Tamid
Jazz House Kids
Cicero & The Orations
Michael Kaple aka Sedna's Not Alone
Three Dudes and a Guy
Did I mention Tom Bethel?
And everyone else who has helped support this music
Lyrics and melodies for the most part originally by:
Michael Perry, Elliot Moss, Indigo Girls, Bon Iver, No BS! Brass, The Staves, PHOX and Volcano Choir