Jake Bellows has constantly made music since he formed his first band Neva Dinova in 1993. After several self releases, their first self-titled studio album came out in 2002 on Crank! Records, followed by The Hate Yourself Change in 2005 on SideCho Records, and You May Already Be Dreaming in 2008 on Saddle Creek. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and an influential staple amongst the tight-knit community, Bellows was in good company. In 2004, Neva Dinova released a split 10" with Bright Eyes, One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels, which featured three of Bellows's songs and three Bright Eyes songs. The album was a darling of fans and critics alike, and was rereleased, with two additional songs from each band on Saddle Creek in 2010.
Bellows has never relented as a writer and it is now, with new intention, he returns with a starkly beautiful batch of songs, to be released on the album New Ocean later in 2013. In the meantime, we took one of those album tracks, “Help”, and put it on a cassette tape with a couple other recordings from recent studio sessions (“She’s Feeling Low” & “It’s All Working Out”), a gorgeous new song called “Meaning Wrong” and an old 4-track cassette solo demo of the Neva Dinova staple “Supercomputer”. Also available as a digital download for those of you who've given up your Walkman Personal Stereos.
The album was recorded in Omaha with Ben Brodin (engineer at ARC studios and sideman to Conor Oberst), Todd Fink (The Faint), Ryan Fox (The Good Life), and Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova).