Wood, Winter, Hollow
"Working together in person has been an important point in Deupree's collaborations lately - much preferring the human interaction and local landscapes over the soulless exchange of sound files over the Internet. With this point taken care of, the pair of Seaworthy and Deupree struck out in a New York February to a 4,000 acre nature preserve near Deupree's studio called Ward Pound Ridge, a park rich in history that supports a diverse range of plant and animal life. While the cold of winter kept most of the animals quiet the landscape nonetheless teemed with sounds. The local environment was hit badly by Hurricane Sandy a few months prior and the remnants of broken trees and debris littered much of the woodland area. Deupree and Webb spent three days on the trails recording sounds and images which created direction and purpose for their album which was composed in the evenings in the 12k studio. The resulting Wood, Winter, Hollow traces a rustic path of the days in the woods with an equally natural sound set fronted by Webb on a nylon string guitar. Bells, sticks, melodica, and the occasional analog synthesizer form the sonic backdrop echoing the quiet, but lively sounds of the winter forest. Endemic field recordings, including hydrophones placed in near-frozen streams, became an integral part of the work creating a subtle narrative that places the album in its specific place in time."