Yes there are faults (Vanessa mentions them in the notes) but careful listening will reveal subtle songwriting, arrangements & playing on at least half dozen fine songs. Oddly, the album improves as it goes along and on my fave ICOM cease to be backing musicians and become part of the creative process on a song that recalls best of Suzanne Vega.
Favorite track: Borrowed Time.
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Hello, nostalgia! I'm sorry it has taken what feels like, in the digital age, light years to get this album onto Bandcamp.
This was the first album I made with Manuel, Juri, Alberto, the trio who became Ice Cream on Mondays. We recorded this in Manuel's basement studio, mostly with SM57s, and it was a labor of love in the very very very truest sense. We had no money to produce it, and everyone that worked on it did it for free, from the musicians to the engineers to the artists who designed and did the layout.
This was my first time to play with a group of musicians who seemed to really get my music and who wanted to come along for the ride. I was charmed by their talent, their sense of humor, the way we all played so well together. They gave me so many gifts, foremost of which was endless encouragement. They believed in the music we were making long before I did, and I will always be eternally grateful for the time and energy they - especially Manuel Schicchi - invested in the albums I made with ICOM.
Some of my favorite, and most honest songs, are on this record. "Gone" has probably reached/touched more people than any other song I've ever written. The title track and "Borrowed Time" are two of my favorite ballads, and I'll always love the sweet goofiness of "The Maybe Love Song."
There's a lot that's wrong with this album - it's pretty lo-fi, it's pitchy in parts, and in another world maybe we could have taken this to a label who would have seen it for the demo it probably was and said, "hey ragazzi, let's cut this with Neumanns and a Neve board and make it sound like gold." But already by 2005, those days were pretty much over, and we decided to dance with the one that brung us, so to speak. This little album helped get us booked in the US and in Europe and its nominal success gave us the courage to tackle "Little Films" a year later.
All faults aside, I'm still proud of it and all the work that everyone put into it. Life is short, and our chances are few.
released January 13, 2005
VP - acoustic, vocals
Manuel Schicchi - guitars, vocals, harmonica, piano, tambourine, synthesizer, mon-amour caramelle
Juri DeLuca - bass guitar
Alberto "Gumo" Serafini - drums, percussion
Recorded at Kapelly Records in Castiglion Fiorentino by Manuel Schicchi and ICOM. Mixed by ICOM. Mastered by Gianluca Valdarnini in Arezzo, Italy.
Drawings and layout by Summer Hatfield.
"Panina" font by Vanessa Peters.
All songs, music, and lyrics by Vanessa Peters, copyright BMI 2005.
Indie singer/songwriter from Texas. Musician, Italophile, Virgo, coffee nerd, food lover, bossy-pants, big ol' softie.
I've released 10+ albums and played over 1000 shows in 11 countries. I'm not done yet.