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Amy Klein - Fire

SKU# GP-DG-115

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Amy Klein - Fire - Digital Album
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Amy Klein - Fire - LP
$14.99

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01. Fire

02. Twenty-Seven

03. Halfway

04. Yes Men

05. You Are The One

06. Valerie

07. Parallels

08. Someone Else's Night

09. American City

10. Ocean Grove

11. Runaway

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I wrote this album about growing up. Working on this album for five years was my way of trying to find meaning in the feeling of not knowing who I was. 

I feel like for most of my twenties, I was trying to create some perfect version of myself and then find a place where that person would fit. I’ve tried to reinvent myself so many times, I’ve lost count of all the different people I’ve wanted to be. It’s a difficult process learning how to be okay with yourself, the fact that you’re imperfect, and the fact that you have to define your own place in this world. 

The album is about me creating a place where I can belong and can trust myself. I hope that idea connects with other people and helps them realize they can do that too. 

My idea for the album came together when my brother in law Greg gave me the Neil Young album On the Beach. I heard the line, “I went to the radio interview. I ended up alone at the microphone,” and I felt like he was singing straight to me. I hadn’t known it was possible to write so clearly about alienation from yourself. When I think about that time, I picture sitting in my parents’ minivan listening to Neil Young and looking at that CD cover: Neil Young with his back to us, facing the ocean. The characters in my album—Valerie, for example—are all facing that ocean in their own way. 

On the album, in addition to me on guitars/vocals/keys, you’ll notice the contributions of drummer Colin Brooks. Colin’s creative and precise musicianship consistently takes my songs to a higher level. (He was also the one who told me to listen to the album Forever Changes by Love, without which I would not have been able to dream as big about what a rock and roll album could be.) Colin currently records his own music under the name The New Same. He used to play with my sister’s husband, Greg Zinman, in this amazing band Sea Ray in the late 90’s and early 00’s. So there’s a family connection that continues to this day. 

Sandy Davis, of the band Pecas, played bass with natural feel and tone. Yoed Nir, a classical cellist and a member of Regina Spektor’s band, played cello with this emotional quality that adds beautiful splashes of color. Andrew Cedermark, a guitarist I really respect, generously played an epic guitar solo. Jamal Ruhe, mastered the album and kept it sounding nice and heavy. 

And then there’s Kevin McMahon, who stuck with me as I worked obsessively on the same album for nearly half a decade. Kevin produced, recorded, and mixed the album at Marcata Recording, his studio in Upstate New York. Kevin let me do exactly I wanted to do, which was really the first time anyone has ever given me that kind of permission in the studio. He also told me right away that he wasn’t going to help me make a perfect album; it was my job to figure it out and learn as much as I could. 

Kevin believes in giving artists the freedom to be themselves. He was also really good at stepping in to remind me that mistakes were okay, and that perfection wasn’t the goal of a rock and roll album anyway. 

So here it is, a weird, human, and imperfect album about finally finding the confidence to be yourself.

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Track List (use ordered list)

01. Fire
02. Twenty-Seven
03. Halfway
04. Yes Men
05. You Are The One
06. Valerie
07. Parallels
08. Someone Else's Night
09. American City
10. Ocean Grove
11. Runaway