Leaving Sound

by Seth Knappen

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05:05
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04:52
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04:33
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Leaving Sound was originally released on May 1st, 2003, on the artist collective label Future Apple Tree Records. This was my first major work released after the sudden and unexpected breakup of my former band, Darling, following the failed release of our third album, The Floating World (2000). Many of these songs had originally been written to be performed as Darling songs, so instead I accompanied them with the expansive natural reverbs of the legendary Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, MN. The result is a gorgeously expansive album about absence and space that somehow perfectly reflected the barren contours of my own life at the time.

Without my band I found myself free to dive further into ideas like ‘implied rhythm,’ and ‘biological time,’ that I had begun exploring while working on the impressionist-inspired material for Darling’s second album, “The Night In Bloom” (1998). Bare notes and fading overtones provide the only source of rhythm, leaving silence and space to become the dominant points of counterpoint for the performances. Alan Sparhawk’s (of the band Low) masterfully nuanced recording in a cavernous old cathedral adds just the right blend of heart and atmospherics to bring the ghostly shape of the songs to life.

Tracks 1-7 recorded by Alan Sparhawk at the Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, MN, in August 2002. Tracks 8 and 9 recorded by Seth Knappen at the Frogpond. Co-produced by Alan Sparhawk and Seth Knappen. Written and performed by Seth Knappen. Additional percussion on "In The Light" by Alan Sparhawk.

Mastered by Tom Herbers at Third Ear Recording, Minneapolis, MN.

Album cover painting by Erika Olson.

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released May 1, 2003

Seth Knappen: guitars, bass, vocals, piano, synths, percussion
Alan Sparhawk: additional percussion on track 4

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Seth Knappen East Moline, Illinois

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