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      October 15, 2019

      Tuesday   9:00 PM

      1200 Callowhill St
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

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      Noah Gundersen

      with Jonny G
      on valentines day, 2019, i was in bed with my girlfriend, in a hotel room in seattle, tripping on mushrooms. i was showing her bits and pieces of the album in its then unfinished form. at the time it was going to be called i hope you meet everything you fear. i guess it still could be. but as i was hearing the songs outside of my own ego, i began to see a pattern. or more so a person. a boy. a boy who had tried really hard for a long time to fill a space in his heart. a boy who didnt know how to be alone, but regardless spent most of his time floating in his own head. a boy who really, really wanted to experience love a majestic love, an epic love. and in the end, a boy who didnt have anything to prove anymore.its been a challenging couple years for me. ive had expectations shattered, relationships fail. ive felt the mortality of my own body. ive been hurt and caused hurt. ive spiraled into periods of substance abuse. but along the way ive sidled up to myself. ive been able to look in the mirror with more grace and be ok with who i see there, with all his flaws and imperfections. some of these songs are very old. someone told me once that songwriters are like prophets (though he said you should never say that in an interview. sorry john). were meant to see things that others cant. sometimes those others are ourselves. there are songs on this record that I wrote years ago, without really grasping their meaning until now. my therapist says art is the self talking to the self. i guess i was trying to get a message across, cast out into the sea of songs like a message in a shipwrecked bottle.i imagine this album as a sci-fi movie, where a man travels through the infinite darkness of space, alone in his ship. he eventually goes mad, is visited by some interstellar being of light who bestows on him a revelation. he falls into a dream state and makes love with an angel and is made whole for a moment. later he wakes up, alone in his cockpit, with that sort of sad but beautiful certainty that comes from accepting ones aloneness.this record is deeply personal. its about love, its about failure, its about drugs, its about sex, its about age, it's about regret, its about itself (very meta, i know) and its about finding peace. i think its the most ive ever put of myself into something. its been cathartic. ive cried a lot. my close friend and producer andy park also poured his soul into this record. we spent 2 years, mostly in his apartment, carving away at it. sometimes it felt like we had poured a slab of concrete, with the blind faith that somewhere inside was a beautiful sculpture. this is just as much his record as it is mine. also shoutout to his lovely girlfriend tess for letting me invade their space constantly and making them miss game of thrones because of last minute mix recalls. to all the people in these songs, i love you. im sorry for the hurt ive caused.

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