Tripper (Deluxe Reissue)
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• INCLUDES BONUS 7" WITH 2 DEMOS FROM THE ORIGINAL SESSIONS, AND A DOWNLOAD CARD WHICH INCLUDES THE 12 MINUTE AMBIENT JAM THAT INSPIRED “THE FEN.”
• RE-ENVISIONED LP JACKET ART, PRINTED INNER SLEEVE WITH LYRICS & LINER NOTES FROM EDJ.
Ah Tripper! This one always feels like either the end of something for me or the beginning. A “transitional record” as they say. My first one with Thom Monahan. My last one with Sub Pop. My first one where I finally kinda knew my way around a studio. My last one before I climbed into a cave for a while before deciding to re-emerge a half decade later. Lots of firsts and lasts. But of all my “before times” records this one feels like it’s got the most to say. And man we made a LOT of music on this one. Lots of stuff on lots of hard drives. Lots of bonus tracks that didn’t make the final cut. Ambient jams. Richard Swift playing piano in a room where Elliott Smith once called home. I know now this record was fun to make because I don’t recall wearing shoes during much of it. Also there was a tsunami and a flood and lots of general weirdness in the air.
I think I figured out a lot of who I was to become on this record. Thom didn’t let me half-finish anything. I wrote from the heart, and at that point I was also old enough to write from a bit of experience, too. This album is about losers and misfits and trippers and weirdos, and I think I probably felt a kinship to those sometimes fictional, sometimes real characters. Also I wrote “Shivering Fawn” which I’m pretty sure is about a coyote spirit living in a homeless man, and it’s still one of my favorite songs that I’ve done. We did one of our best music videos in “You’re Too Weird.” Oh and the album cover by my wife Annie is great too. OK yeah I’m proud of this one. Hope you dig it one more time.
– EDJ, 2022