We’re excited to announce EP 2! We had four new-ish songs that felt like they needed a home and it seemed like the best way to find that home was to cut them over the course of one afternoon—we wanted the songs to have the same life and breath as they do when we played them in the Back Back (or anywhere else for that matter). So on a beautiful fall day last October, we hauled all our gear over to Luke’s house and set up in his 100 year old barn. We kept the doors open and let the sun in (and with it some of the sounds of outside—children, dogs, the occasional train).
EP2 (or as we refer to it: The Barney P) covers over a decade of Luke’s songwriting run through the Ruralist ringer. “Right‽” has become our 2019 anthem, the closer to nearly all of our sets. “Your Bones Get Old” first appeared on Luke’s The Northwoods Hymnal in 2013 (as did “Favorite Season”), but we gave it a proper barn treatment, complete with Laremy’s faux pedal steel guitar. Favorite Season also got filled out, with beats and riffs and Jake’s ghostly oohs on the singalong outro. And Little Bird got all of it—that riff, both played and sang by Laremy, the frenetic drums of Titus, the octave squeal of Jake’s bass, and all the breath Luke had in his chest. It’s a strange range of songs, a little split in its personality, asking some of the most serious questions in the world and laughing at the lack of answers. It’s complicated. Right‽