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Eucalyptus


3 Song EP
released August 2016



Eucalyptus is three songs about writing songs. The lyrics started as self reflective wandering thoughts when I couldn’t write anything that felt genuine and expressive. Writing self-consciously about writing, music, and thinking allowed me to embed into these songs unself-conscious ideas about life and other things..

The beats were started in January 2013 when visiting the house where we currently live before we lived here (original file names: “ash house beat”, “ash house beat 3”, & “ash house beat 4”). The “Marble Words” music video was made here too, but much later. While the video started as an experiment to learn about animation and photoshop, the process and the aesthetic felt very close to the songs. The colored light from most frames is the same LED bulb that lit the page when I was writing the song Eucalyptus, which appears in the lyrics. The repetition of frames and continuous addition of new layers felt like the gradual and tedious process that shaped the beats and lyrics. The clerical feeling of printing and placing each frame felt like the non-creative thought of the lyrics. The balance of this mechanical type activity and imperfections like the slight frame to frame changes is important to me.

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