Other Things Like You, Vol. 1
Brian Erickson’s first album Other Things Like You, Vol. 1 is a culmination of songs that gestated for nearly 12 years. They are songs about the distance between people and the moments of navigating and accepting that distance.
The early mornings and late nights are where these songs live. The collection is a stylistic arc that ruminates on the familiar themes of love, loss, and longing. The album maintains its thematic course while meandering through a variety of musical offerings. There’s the two-step country of “Kept Free”, the anthemic “Untitled”, southern rock tempered “Foolish Ways”, lulling verses and nearly bruising b-sections of “Trajectory”, and the saloon-style rag of “Bend”. Combined with several nakedly draped ballads and book ended by the swing styling of “Rhinestones & Ruffles” and “In Our Land”, the album moves in and out of reflective clarity, assigning a subtly different flavor at each pass.
In one week in Seattle, accompanied by long-time friends Tom Wesely, Jason Goessl, Caitlin Sherman, and with the help of area musicians Brian Oppel, Geoff Harper, Andy Seever, Ron Weinstein, and Ryan Burns, these songs transformed from lone acoustic guitar and vocals to fully- fueled tributes, elegies, and anthems.
The album was recorded and produced by Jason Goessl at Parlour Trick Studios in Seattle; additional living room sessions recorded by Colin Nelson (Seattle) and Brett Bullion (Minneapolis); mixed by Robb Davidson and Jason Goessl; mastered by Huntley Miller.