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      October 16, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      1811 14th St. NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20009

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      Noah Gundersen


      on valentines day, 2019, i was in bed with my girlfriend, in a hotel room in seattle,tripping on mushrooms. i was showing her bits and pieces of the album initsthenunfinished form. at the time it was going to be called ihope you meet everythingyoufear.i guess it still could be. but as i was hearing the songs outside of my ownego, i began to see a pattern. or more so a person. a boy. a boy who had tried reallyhard for a long time to fill a space in his heart. a boy who didnt know how to bealone, but regardless spent most of his time floating in his own head. a boy whoreally, really wanted to experience lovea majestic love, an epic love. and in theend, a boy who didnt have anything to prove anymore.its been a challenging couple years for me. ive had expectations shattered,relationships fail. ive felt the mortality of my own body. ive been hurt and causedhurt. ive spiraled into periods of substance abuse.but along the way ive sidled upto myself. ive been able to look in the mirror with more grace and be ok with who isee there, with all his flaws and imperfections.some of these songs are very old. someone told me once that songwriters are likeprophets (though he said you should never say that in an interview. sorry john).were meant to see things that others cant. sometimes those others are ourselves.there are songs on this record that I wrote years ago, without really grasping theirmeaning until now. my therapist says art is the self talking to the self. i guess i wastrying to get a message across, cast out into the sea of songs like a message in ashipwrecked bottle.i imagine this album as a sci-fi movie, where a man travels through the infinitedarkness of space, alone in his ship. he eventually goes mad, is visitedby someinterstellar being of light who bestows on him a revelation. he falls into a dreamstate and makes love with an angel and is made whole for a moment. later he wakesup, alone in his cockpit, with that sort of sad but beautiful certainty that comesfromaccepting ones aloneness.this record is deeply personal. its about love, its about failure, its about drugs, itsabout sex, its about age, it's about regret, its about itself (very meta, i know) and itsabout finding peace. i think its themost ive ever put of myself into something. itsbeen cathartic. ive cried a lot.my close friend and producer andy park also poured his soul into this record. wespent 2 years, mostly in his apartment, carving away at it. sometimes it felt like wehad poured a slab of concrete, with the blind faith that somewhere inside was abeautiful sculpture. this is just as much his record as it is mine. also shoutout to hislovely girlfriend tess for letting me invade their space constantly and making themmissgame of thrones because of last minute mix recalls.to all the people in these songs, i love you. im sorry for the hurt ive caused.and to you, the listener, i hope you find a space for this record. i hope it moves you. ihope above all that it can remind you to be kind to yourself, to find patience andgrace.I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have beenonly like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and thenfinding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean oftruth lay all undiscovered before me.-Isaac Newton

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