When last we left The Rest their new album, Seesaw, had just been rescued by the same company that retrieves airplane black box information. As we catch up with them now, they finally have a release date for Seesaw (June 19th via Auteur Recordings) and are in the process of revealing it, track-by-track, on their bandcamp page. Each week leading up to the release the Rest will unveil a new track and offer it for free download until the next song is posted. Currently they have unveiled half of the album.
“John Huston” is this week’s track and it is one of my favorites on the album. Named for a film director, actor and screenwriter (that was married like a million times) “John Huston” is a rolling, ethereal song that blends ambient guitar sounds with church choir vocals. This is not a surprise, the church connection, considering that the Rest recorded Seesaw in the converted church studio of their recently departed friend and producer Dan Achen. Other stand out tracks on the album include “Always on My Mind” and “Laughing Yearning.” Here is “John Huston”:
Remember you can download it here for free:
Speaking of “Always on My Mind,” the band has also been cooking around with the visual side of things and this track was the star. April 16th saw the Rest host a gathering of friends in their rehearsal space to record a live video for the song. It was completed with one continuous take which was no small task considering that 30 people, animal costumes, chalk illustrators and beer were all involved. Watch it:
For the final piece of the Seesaw puzzle, we check in with Jordan Mitchell to see what food one should off while listening to the album. Jordan’s suggestion is an amazing mushroom risotto which, until this day, had remained secret. Not any more. Jordan’s secret mushroom risotto can now be experienced in your own kitchen as long as you promise to do it with Seesaw soaring in the background.