Massey

EP Release Winter 2016

About the Album Art

This EP’s album art takes inspiration from a clearing on a trail where I used to ride my bike. This landscape sustained wildflowers in the Spring and a group of doe + fawn in the Fall. Most evenings, I observed this little family just before sunset, returning from my ride around a nearby lake. The album art captures one of these rides. A rainstorm threatened, and I raced the clouds to make it home before being soaked.

There is a beautiful tension that builds before first drop. It's like the natural tensions life presents: We hope to make progress. Circumstances hold us back. We fight to pass down beautiful legacies to our children and their children. But we soon realize we can't change the entire world for them. 

With some patience and growth, our desires mature and our goals are refined. And in some cases, our dreams become serendipitous reality.

Massey’s music, the stories we tell, exist in these tensions and explores their resolve. 

Massey’s very own, Lucas Simmons, translated my photograph to an oil painting for this EP project. See more of his fine work on Lucas Simmons Art. 

 

Leah Palmer

"Memoir and Plea"

“Memoir and Plea” is simply a man reflecting on and telling his bride how and when he fell in love with her. Saying “I love you” is a common and meaningful phrase, but rarely do we know the many reasons why and how someone came to love us. In this man’s case, he's spilling all of those thoughts and memories because the relationship is fading. Although it may be too late, he's finally letting her know what he should have been sharing from the beginning.

For me, music is the best way to communicate an experience, belief, or story. We're all on the same planet and experiencing much of the same things. Is there a better way to share with people in those experiences? Reciting poems, getting lost staring into a piece of art, and being wrapped up in a novel are all great ways to allow art to affect our lives, but no one is as passionate as when they are singing.

Weston Fite

Making the EP

Six years in, Massey has finally documented their work in a self-titled EP.

Wrapped in the dreamy sounds that can only be made by the six, stories drive the content of each track. In “Be Sure The Rows Are Even,” songwriter, Lauren Palmer, lets the audience into an intimate moment between a dying elder and her young grandson. Offering a sentimental and tender element, mandolinist, Leah Palmer, subtly gives sound to the breath of the elder.

Often times, Massey has been characterized as “cinematic,” which can be heard in “Texas” and “Sowing Season." With songwriters Weston Fite and Lucas Simmons at the helm, the second track is rich in grit and honesty, boasting a charging guitar solo from the legendary Lucas Simmons.

When workshopping the five songs on Massey’s first EP, the six came together with intentions to develop old songs give life to new work. It was in those workshops that bassist, Ethan Workman, and drummer, Nick Simmons, approached the task with critical ears ensuring that “Christopher,” In same vein, “A Memoir and Plea,” and others would never be lacking in intrigue and true artistry.

Lauren Palmer