announces new album on Erased Tapes – ‘The Transition’ and shares first single ‘The Garden’
Following on from last year’s collaborative release Find The Ways with Peter Broderick, the Californian singer and multi-instrumentalist David Allred returns with a first solo album on Erased Tapes out November 2nd, titled The Transition. Now he shares the first cut taken from the record, ‘The Garden’. The stunning track is an a-cappella hymn, written while Allred worked in a residential care home, a time during which he saw the face of mortality every day. In the track, he addresses mental health in relation to technology and human connection.
Allred said: “The Garden represents my mental health as I strive to develop a better relationship with the way we live, learn, and communicate through the internet. The process of accepting and contributing to the way that we are expected to represent ourselves online is inherently at odds with our ability to connect and understand each other on a personal level. We live in a time where technology assertively taps into our biological need to feel human connection, and it is in our best interest to adapt as well as possible to this ideological paradigm, in spite of all the illusions we encounter along the way.”
Hailing from Loomis, a small town outside of Sacramento, via Portland, Oregon – David worked as a sound engineer and session musician, featuring on multiple recordings by the likes of Birger Olsen, Brigid Mae Power, Brumes, The Beacon Sound Choir, Chantal Acda, Heather Woods Broderick, Jung Body, Masayoshi Fujita, and many more. He quickly found himself touring Europe with Peter Broderick, culminating in a Royal Festival Hall performance, and contributing the arresting voice and double bass piece Ahoy to the Erased Tapes 10th anniversary box set 1+1=X; only to return to where he started, Loomis, and finally write and record The Transition as his first full-length statement in just one month.
“At 26 years old, I found myself back in the town where I grew up, feeling a bit like a failure for not “making it” out there in the years I spent living and working on my own. I picked up a job working in a retirement home, surrounded by those who are at the very end of their lives, and they kept saying the same thing: that they had no idea life would happen that fast. So I decided to make an album inspired by my recent experiences and stories I heard through working with them,” he explains.
With the release of The Transition, David Allred takes his place among the classic American songwriting tradition whilst revealing a peculiarity to his storytelling. Isolated and cut off from the outside world, David began unravelling his life and putting it on record. With a double bass in his bedroom and a piano in a church across the street, the stories started to unfold until a set of ten songs came to life. Vignettes and feelings from his own experiences, as well as characters he met along the way, inspired a rich tapestry of stories and melodies.
Lead single, shared today, The Garden show a maturity, depth and thoughtfulness beyond his years.
“When I first heard The Transition, I felt it was a giant leap for someone whose music was already at a place that went beyond any possible expectations. Lucky for me David was open to me making some contributions of my own on the album, allowing me to forge an even deeper connection to this beautiful and sometimes troubling music.” — Peter Broderick