Direct and indirect influences stemmed from all directions, which I've ever-so-boldly attempted to list for you here, and thus gave birth to a third culture kid;
adjusting to a recent move,
a sudden absence of friends,
a constant presence of family,
the funny thing about using someone else's shower,
drastic changes in temperature,
my earliest recording sessions several years ago with my former music guru, Eric Mahar
Julian Anderson's artwork ethic,
'Pink Slime' by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
periodic weekends spent partying in St. Catharines ON,
a spontaneous trip to Kingston ON,
routine trips downtown Toronto ON,
'That's Us / Wild Combination' by Arthur Russell,
feeling good lost,
the way Matt Ossias experiences music,
a growing desire to pack up and move overseas again,
reading Morrissey's autobiography,
a conversation on Skype with Crystal Powell,
meeting Andrew Burrows,
the idea that anyone can sing,
'Dream Kitchen' by Frazier Chorus,
a car ride conversation about musical aspirations with Mike McCaig,
exchanging hugs with people I'm not close to,
breathing sounds with everyone in Think Of A Name,
the sense of nostalgia in printing photos from my favourite years,
third culture kids.
released December 10, 2013
Music, production, and words by Stephen Del Duca.
Photography by Celine Chan and Lys Quintero.
Cover design by Julian Anderson.
Recorded in Bolton, Ontario between September and December of 2013, with the exception of various personal cassette-tape recordings from 2011 to present day.
'One New Message' contains personal voicemail messages from Luke Chandler and Paras Memon, as well as a recorded message by Crystal Powell.
'I Was Young, Like You' contains spoken words by Sheila Rosalie, a hard-working volunteer at CFRC Radio in Kingston, ON.
Words, vocals, and electric guitar in 'Fernweh' by Emma Fleury.
A more psychedelic-rock'n'roll-romance variation of 'Shea Butter' has been played by Oak & Elm in the past.
Words and vocals in 'You Were Dancing' by Barsin Aghajan.
'Inbetween Spaces 2011 or Background Music / (Fracture)' contains the poem 'Fracture', written and read by one of my favourite poets: William Maclean. This song also includes voices of many other friends, as well as strangers I will likely never meet again; I am grateful to have collected their words in an attempt to solve a puzzle.
Lastly, I hope that if you like the album, you will decide to live with it, and take it away from this website.
Thanks for listening.