Steven Capozzola has played music all over the United States and performs his own brand of acoustic folk-rock. His tunes are usually "four chords and the truth"-- just folk chords and country-gospel melodies.
The bulk of the songs on the album PURCELLVILLE were recorded in one lengthy day-and-night session in the home studio of Steven's friend Mateo Monk, in rural Purcellville, Virginia, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
On a cold, windy, winter afternoon, the two worked as fast as they could in order to record many of the songs they've played in recent gigs throught the northeast United States. Since they had to work quickly, many of the songs were done in one take—just quick rhythm guitar, vocals, and bass by Steven—with Mateo adding percussion, lead guitar, and flute.
That evening, they mixed the album. Mateo worked fast to pull together what turned out to be a crisp batch of folk-rock tunes. The two were amazed to find that the bass guitar on the song “Staring” somehow pulled in a snippet of a radio announcer saying, “…and yet right out of the midst of one of those joyous times and victorious times.” Listeners can hear that bit of radio feedback at the end of the song. On some other tracks, they can can hear squeaking chairs, scattered talking, and the occasional click-clack of Mateo playing with a chain of “magnet balls.”
As Steven later explained, "There was no point in editing out these stray sounds. We didn’t have time. But I think
they also might take the listener back to that great day in the studio."
Steven said that he hopes listeners will find themselves singing along to some of tracks. "When we were recording 'The Preacher' we thought we were onto something special. Hopefully people will hear it in the vibe of some of the late-night
harmonies we added..."
To round out the album, Steven added three songs that he'd recorded in recent months with his friend Alec Gross,
in New York City.
The cover photo was taken during a quick break in recording during that afternoon in Purcellville, VA. It shows just how cold and bleak the weather was. But the vast, surrounding farmland also gives an indication of some of the wide open spaces in the music. Enjoy...