Inspired by old field recordings from the '20s and '30s, Nathan sought to replicate the effect of a one-mic setup for voice and instrument. The aim was to draw the listener in to the most intimate listening environment, to do the best job possible of mimicking a live performance.
Location was all important. This EP was recorded at the foot of a small dam in rural Indiana. The rushing water, impromptu birdsongs, and occasional barking dog all contribute to the intimacy of this recording.
And then there's the instrument. The strums and hums you'll hear come from a homemade, fretless banjo made from an old steel gas can and a stick of cherrywood. Strung up with Nylgut (synthetic gut) strings and played in the old clawhammer style, the effect is a cavernous yet warm tone that you're unlikely to find anywhere else.