Occam was recorded entirely in Eugene, OR, with the exception of 'Alone' and the instrumental line of 'Solitude,' both of which were recorded at a sled dog kennel in rural Alaska. The lyrics for 'North' (except the last verse) were written in Oregon while looking forward to traveling to Alaska, and the lyrics for 'Solitude' were written in Alaska while pining for home.
'Occupations' is the evolution of one of the very first improvised loops I ever performed, and thus seemed like a logical place to start Occam. 'Amelia' is dedicated to my beautiful bike of the same name.
'No Heart But Soul' and 'Alone' were initially composed as the soundtrack to Timothy Schneider's as yet unmade short film, Left With You. While plucking out the chord progression to 'Alone', I thought it might make a nice, minimal, whispery song a la Iron & Wine or Sufjan Stevens. Lacking their voices, 'Solitude' was as close as I got. The lyrics to that song owe much to the influences of Philip Pullman and Ursula K. LeGuin.
released February 16, 2012
Album art by Nicholas Ouellette
Written, performed, and recorded by Miles Jacob
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