I love small records. When I say “small record," I think of Sandy Bull's Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk's Solo Monk. Each of these albums is simple. They're direct.
Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn't belabor it. The recording and mixing came quickly. I followed my instincts.
This album is also a spiritual retreat for me; a healthy and necessary separation after so many strong collaborations. If you're Sufist, you’d call this khalwa. In Japanese Zen Buddhism, it's called sesshin. The Santerian pro-cess of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white garments and avoid physical contact for one year. Like so many have done before me, I forced myself into a state of inner solitude to find something new.
I hope you enjoy it, and you experience something similar while listening.
- Chris Schlarb
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I would buy this track just for Christmas unicorn, which is only the greatest Christmas song in the entire world. The rest of the album is great because of the wide selection of Sufjan's styles, ranging from full on electrosuf, all the way to good ole' folk. aydan whitton