Jesse Lortz, ex-the Dutchess & The Duke, has a solo album out next month via Sacred Bones. The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night collects old recordings and demos with new tracks (recorded in February in a cabin in Sequim, WA). It was recorded by Greg Ashley (Gris Gris). Cristal Stilts’s Keegan Cooke helped out on drums and guitar. Lortz offers a bit of background and some details about his vision for the project:
The cabin sessions marked the third time most of the songs had been recorded. Two of the songs on this album are from a previous recording session done at the Pool in Portland by Alex Yusimov. “The Day We Met” is from a demo recording session I did at my grandfather’s cabin on Lake Inez in Montana. A woman some of these songs are about flew out to visit me there. It was the last of the good times we had together.? Milana, Julia, Nicolas, Keegan, Greg, Suzie, Lisa, and Andrew came to the cabin to contribute to the album and take photographs and video. I wanted friends to join me because making records had always been a lonely process for me and I was ready to change that dynamic. Because this project is not a “band,” the focus has shifted so that I can play shows alone or with other people. I started writing the songs for this record when I was still married and the most recent song was written on my 32nd birthday. This project also incorporates drawing, jewelry making, non-musical creative writing and a host of disciplines that I never got the chance to explore in previous bands.? I am genuinely excited to be making music for probably the first time in my life.
The World Is Just A Shape To Fill The Night is out 8/16 via Sacred Bones.