Posted on November 4th, 2019
14 years ago, I started a solo project called Anna Flyaway where I played every instrument. After I wrote and recorded a bunch of songs, I decided that I wanted to try and make the project a real band, so I recruited my then-girlfriend (and now wife!) Cathy Coffin to play guitar, my best friend Danny Miller to play bass (he also played bass in my high school band and the beginning of Empire!), Liz Wilson on cello, Andrew Juhl on keys, and Erik Krueger on drums.
We wrote and recorded an entire LP worth of material. When we added new members, they wanted to re-record/add their parts and the original engineer Danny Stickel couldn't finish the recording. So I decided to try my hand at it. I started a project called Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) to practice recording and get competent enough so I could match the quality of what had already been recorded.
The writing on the wall was there, though, and it was clear Anna Flyaway was going to break up before the record was going to be finished. The rest of the band agreed to finish recording their parts, and when we finished, it sat on my laptop mostly finished for a decade or so. Cathy, Danny Miller, and I found a new drummer and used the songs I recorded as Empire! to springboard our new band.
But I always wanted to do something with these songs because they were so special to me. I asked Mat Halliday Audio Production, the longtime engineer behind like 90% of the Empire! Empire! catalog, if he would be down to try and resurrect the Anna Flyaway recording and clean it up. He had done the same for the vinyl reissue for "When the Sea Became a Giant".
It needed a lot of work, and we chipped away at the mix for about 4 years off an on before it was finally done. Dave Downham of The Gradwell House mastered it and Sarah Bogosh (Bad Ponies) created wonderful artwork that somehow matches the music perfectly. At long last, it is finally done and ready to heard by the world!
So without further adieu, please head over to BrooklynVegan to hear a very old, 'new' song called 'Every Time You Breathe In, You Breathe out (And Then, One Day, You Won’t)' from the album "Tomorrow I Will Take a Knife to Your Confidence". Thanks to Andrew Sacher for posting this!
You can pre-order it at Count Your Lucky Stars Records now, it comes out on vinyl and digitally everywhere 11/22/19.