« Bring it to Light, Unreleased Demos and Songs 2005-2017

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Bring It To Light, Unreleased Demos and Songs 2005-2017 captures a cache of unreleased tracks in a 12 year period between Kevin Meisel’s first Brambus Records’ recording Country Lines and the present time. The tracks, all written, performed, recorded and mixed by the artist capture a glimpse into the solitude and intimacy of a home recording studio wherein ideas can flourish unencumbered by external influences, and personal vision can prevail. The tracks, all acoustic and minimally adorned, remain congruent with Meisel’s proclivity for narrative songwriting. Some of the tracks were recorded informally, sitting cross-legged on the studio floor while singing live into a single tube microphone. Others were done more formally with an intent for possible development. Regardless, all the tracks were invariably orphaned for various reasons and subsequently filed away.

They reappear here in this collection to bring context and further definition to the arc of this artist's oeuvre.

Familiar themes prevail.

Characters wander across borders seemingly aimless, though mysteriously guided by hidden forces that usher them into humbling realizations. Still, others marvel at what their eyes can see, sequestered in stairwells in lonesome embraces. These songs all address the human yearning for meaning in a seemingly random world of occurrence and circumstance. Beyond meaning, the characters in these songs seem to be in search of a kind of redemptive blessing, only possible by their own choosing. This motif is persistent in Meisel’s songs across the spectrum of his catalogue. Willfulness, error and impulse consistently mingle in a tangle of outcomes that hold the possibility of something more. To this end, heartbreak, sorrow, desire, elation and forgiveness all coexist together in a pot pourri of recognition. These songs, when taken together, play across a premise that holds that no matter the circumstance or occurrence, life provides an inimitable beauty and mercy perceivable in the darkest of times. The songwriter’s characters are compelled to discover this impossible truth by their own volition. Sometimes they wildly miss it; other times they stumble into it, dumbfounded. Throughout though, the songs repetitively point to the impulse to liberate from self-perpetuated confinement and limitation. This theme remains at the heart of this songwriter’s humanistic and artistic concerns. In the devastated song, Pure, the singer sings, sometimes there ain't no way to see/but through the lost and found.

That line sums up this lost and found collection of songs, aptly describing the tie that binds this new release to Meisel’s existing output, dating back to his 1998 debut, Coal And Diamonds.

From the liner notes:

Recorded randomly between 2005 and 2017, these quiet little demos capture sketches of ideas that for whatever reason never seemed to coalesce with the existent records in my catalogue. All of the tracks were recorded in my home studio with minimal adornments. Sometimes I've added accompaniment with other instruments lying around the studio. Listening to the tracks to gather perspective brought some recollection that the primary themes prevalent in all my earlier work thread naturally through these songs. This was delightful to hear. The narrations capture an ongoing attention to redemptive yearning, through trials and self perpetuated circumstances. Some of the tracks were recorded highly informally, sitting cross legged on the floor singing and strumming into a single tube mic. Others were done more formally with an intent for possible development. Mixing these songs prompts an affectionate glance backward to earlier times and traces an arc of searching and discovery. In the latitude between a song like Just A Burning Light (2005) and Bring It To Light (2010) lies a range of wanderlust and weariness that has kept me somehow interested. Vitality barely recognizes boredom, distraction or bewilderment, but is happy to make art out of all of it. May it always prevail. Kevin Meisel, November 2017