In Not-Even-Anything Land is my solo debut--it's the culmination of five years of reading, listening and watching projected through my own personal songwriting lens. I've made every effort to pack this album with interesting musical ideas, variety in both mood and genre, and a sense of deliberate purpose. Musically the album draws from the traditions of rock, folk, jazz, country, progressive music, contemporary classical and free improvisation--it's meant to be at once familiar and challenging, with enough complexity, raw emotion and atonality to surprise the ear but not abandon the realm of aesthetic enjoyability. Lyrically the songs are poetically dense but evocative, dealing with subjects like freedom, reality, love gone wrong, life and death, mysticism, the absurdity of modern life, individualism and the ultimate arbitrariness of morality. I've tried to infuse this album with a sense of gravity but also of dark humor and the mystical mood prevalent in many of the songs ties the album together thematically without necessarily treading into "concept album" territory. In a musical era typified by sameness and recycled ideas, I hope (at best) that my idiosyncratic take on singer/songwriter music can find a niche with people who are tired of the status quo.
released September 14, 2010
Elliot Knapp/Mastered by Justin Phelps/Artwork by Michelle Koelbl.