CRYPTIC VALENTINE (1999)
1. Nature's Afternoon
2. Long Dark See You
3. Sara J
4. Solid Yellow Zero
5. Dying In My Sleep
6. Back In Time
7. Be My Guest
9. We're Three
10. Sleep, New Toy
11. Dead Jones
The second full-length CD from the band, but technically their ninth release overall if you include all the cassette and vinyl releases.
From a 2004 interview with Philip Price in Bucketful of Brains (UK magazine):
"There was a long gap between Homesick and the next album, Cryptic Valentine. Homesick came out in 1997; CV in 2000. The main reason I imagine was an attempt to avoid any sophomore slump, but also I had a desire to be much more ambitious with this one. Whatever I felt I hadn’t achieved with Homesick I was going to do with CV. Dave Chalfant (later one of the engineers with Winterpills) was hired to help engineer. Basic tracks were done at his house/studio in Amherst, only a mile or so from Emily Dickinsons house; the project began in earnest in the dead of winter, 1999. Everything else was done at my tiny apartment – I was set up with a couple of ADATs and a Mac which was used for sampling, loops, and software synth. Then it was all brought back to Chalfant’s for mixing.
"The band wasn’t ultimately happy with my approach to this album – I think they all felt I was usurping too much control. I was layering in more details and intstruments that no one else in the band was playing. A lot of keyboards, even drum and percussion parts that Stuart did not perform, made it onto the album. I have to say perhaps to my detriment I wasn’t too concerned about the opinions of the rest of the band when it came to putting this one together – I knew exactly what I wanted, everyone had made their contributions and it was time for me to take over and sculpt it. I made no friends within the band creating this album. But I was pretty happy with the result and eventually most of them came around.
"CV finally came out to good response but again, no real support in terms of touring, or any interest from labels. That came later in the year, after we had entered the band into an ambitous online music project callled Garageband, run by a guy named Tom Zito and Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. (Also involved in the project were Sir George Martin and Jim Dickinson). The song “Wrong” from Homesick soared to the top of the Garageband chart, and not long after they offered us a record deal...."
released January 1, 2000
Philip Price: vocals, guitars, keyboards, production
Adrian O'Carolan: vocals, keyboards
Max Germer: bass
Stuart Wright: drums
cover art by Jim Woodring
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