“The Singing Desperately Suite is a concept EP that caricatures my stilted process of awakening to the suffering I have caused women in my life. The four pieces represent my journey from oblivious (“Prelude”) to indignant and indifferent (“Singing Desperately”) to ashamed (“Crude Advance”) and finally a return to obliviousness (“You Seem Upset”).
The title track, “Singing Desperately,” was originally released on our debut LP, Songs of The Saxophones. It is an intimate expression of a phenomenon I see in myself and humanity as a whole: the ability to feel indifferent to other people’s suffering. It’s a theme Alison, my partner and bandmate, and I have spent many years considering and I wanted to expand upon.
I finished this EP in the Fall of 2018. Coincidentally, the week I recorded “Crude Advance” the United States Senate heard special testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. I was struck by how many people questioned whether the behaviour he was accused of constituted anything abnormal or criminal. This seemed to symbolize what I was trying to articulate: When immoral behaviour can be excused as normal we can distance ourselves from the consequences.
I’m aware that women’s suffering is not my story to tell. My intention here is to apologize and describe my process of waking up, including my failings along the way. I’d also like to hope I could possibly motivate others to face the dark, unflattering parts of themselves and strive to do better.”
released February 22, 2019
Written and recorded by Alexi Erenkov
Vocals, guitar and flute by Alexi Erenkov
Percussion by Alison Alderdice
Bass by Richard Laws
Mixed and produced by Cameron Spies
Mastered by Adam Gonsalves
Art design by Steven Duke
Cover photography by Avery Bibeau
supported by 4 fans who also own “Singing Desperately Suite”
A very welcome return for Alison and Spike. Such a lovely voice and wonderfully cynical lyrics. Inevitably one compares this to Young Marble Giants but this also stands on its own merits. Delightful guitar playing that reminds me of The Marine Girls. ‘Sixty Second Window’ and ‘Crossroads’ are especially strong and dreamy in equal measure. Tim Mee