A few months ago a friend posted a Portland Mercury story on Facebox regarding a record that Fleet Fox Robin Pecknold included on his top 10 of 2011 list for the Sub Pop website. Record stores in the Portland area were carrying a mysterious record by an anonymous artist with an intriguing 3D cover, Pecknold admitted that it was "easily the new album I’ve listened to most." Another link to a Bandcamp page revealed that the entire record could be downloaded for three dollars, but a glitch allowed only two of the tracks. I wrote to an email address on the page and received an apology as well as an offer to buy the actual record for only a few dollars more. It arrived a week later, sandwiched in between what looked like pieces of a cut up soda box.
To My Long Lost Love is a beautiful and hauntingly honest record. You can feel exactly what it's about with the sound alone, one of those records that takes you to the brain place of the person who made it. If you're not familiar, have a listen to "If You Say So" and "Believe It Or Not" over here.
Anonymous and I have traded some emails, and he seems to prefer to remain, uh, anonymous. From what I gather the record is about a particular person who might not know that it exists. I asked if I could do an interview, he accepted and proceeded to answer all of the questions with world wide web links. He also included an exclusive track not on To My Long Lost Love, with a somewhat different sound. Still delightfully charming, in my opinion, and for sale here.
Here's "Knock Knock," the interview is after the jump.
Where are you from? www.media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html
How old are you?
What is your day-to-day life like? What have you done today?
What have you eaten today?
What did you do last night?
How many copies of To My Long Lost Love have you sold?
What is the record about? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLlIJstoQ4Y
Is making music your full-time job?
If not, what else do you do? www.thepeacemaster.blogspot.com
Do you have pets? If so, what are their names? What are they like?
Her name is Varya!
Do you have a car? If so, what kind?
Usually cruise like this:
Thinking bout getting one of these: http://www.teoti.co.uk/scifi-science-space/101193-rideable-cloud.html
Are you happy?