There is a tenderness in the water of the heart, a vulnerability of sanity, a mere film separating joy and sadness...these songs were written on afternoons when everything seemed to close in, beauty felt like ashes, when all that was left was to sink deeper and deeper...
Written on two separate days, on a creaky old 1940′s Parlor guitar, spending about an hour each day, a chronicle of the heart and thoughts put into songs and evening prayers.
Each half was recorded in a 24 hour period of time, everything being performed by Aaron, the main instruments being an old Harmony Bobkat, a 1940's Collegiate Parlor guitar, a 1972 Rhodes 73, a Chickering Baby Grand, a 1970's Ludwig kick drum, snare, and floor tom, a set of tire chains, a string of Arabian wedding bells, and cookie sheets scraped along a bicycle chain.
Written by Aaron Strumpel on the afternoons of May 25th and June 3, 2010.
Engineered and recorded by Aaron Strumpel days later in The Dirty Shovel Studio in Woodland Park, CO.
Mixed and mastered by DaveWilton.Com a few days later at St. Ida’s Studio in Lafayette, CO.
Visual development, artwork and design by MatteoMoore.Com.
Copyright @2010 Thirsty Dirt Music
"This is the soundtrack of beautiful summer nights, slow mornings and those I need to journal this part of my life evenings." - Jara from Word Made Flesh
"'Vespers' is an EP just released, inspired by the Psalms, expressed by a human who seems to be utterly engaged with all that means. It is much softer than 'Elephants', as you may imagine evening prayers to be, but no less real for that. In fact, at times, this music is heartbreakingly vulnerable. It is truly devotional, without a trace of schmultz." - Lizzie, artist in the UK
"The songs seem to embody the transition time: from darkness into light, from night into day, from the slavery of hiding into freedom. The tones blossom from deep black-sand into the salty and fresh brine of the sea. The rhythm guides the soul into the morning of a new life, into the melody of renewal." - Andrew Watson from George Fox University