Hard to believe that only just over a year ago, having just moved to Ontario from B.C., I was setting up a microphone in my in-law's basement closet, enjoying all the free-time unemployment has to offer. The only intention at the time was to archive the song's I'd written and maybe show them off to some family or friends; having no idea these would become the demos for what would eventually become The Union.
It was Thanksgiving day (Canada's is in October) that I found out my brother Ben had sent those songs over to a friend of his, who was part of an indie lable in Hamilton, Other Songs Music Co. By the end of that day I had met Scott Orr and we decided to record an album together. It's with great pleasure that I present to you a handful of these original acoustic takes, recorded in the heart of my in-law's basement.
released November 1, 2011
Recorded, written, produced and performed by James Hoffman.
At first glance, the landscape on the cover of Martin John Henry’s The Other Half of Everything is a scene of complete isolation. This is Scotland. An archetypal rugged landscape of hills and lochs, as far as the eye can see. On closer inspection, there are some signs of habitation: buildings, roads, farms… but they … Continue reading Album of the Week: The Other Half of Everything → Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 21, 2011