This song caught me off guard. Let me paint the scene: I'm alone in the woods. It's almost dark and I am scrambling to get a fire lit before the sun sets. As I kneel on the damp earth I hear a rustle in the woods...I tell myself it's just the wind. He approaches quietly from behind a tree...pulls out his obsidian chipped tomahawk ready to attack. From behind, out of nowhere, I feel someone grab me by my neck and jerk my head back so I am staring eye to eye with my attacker. I know that I'm about to die. I close my eyes and release my last breath before it happens. Wet? Moist? Saliva? In my ear? The attacker releases me and vanishes into the dark. That wild Indian just gave me a wet willy. If that makes no sense, just think the warmth of Beach House mixed with experimentation of Animal Collective.
Homebuilding is the debut album by 31 year-old Oakland-based songwriter and producer Graham Hill (Roman Ruins). Hill is an architect and landscape designer, with a thirst for methodical and process-oriented craft. Since 2008, Hill has played drums on tour with Beach House and Papercuts, and contributed to the recording of the former's critically lauded album, Teen Dream. The music on Homebuilding creates a sense of home, lyrically exploring the range of bonds that hold families together. Hill began constructing these songs while on tour in Europe in early 2010, daydreaming in the van about his pregnant wife at home. Following the birth of their son that summer, it became clear that Hill was ushering in a family of songs about the process of growing a home, both architecturally and spiritually. - Bandcamp info
Homebuilding will be out on February 28, 2012. ENjO!