With his most recent album, I Love You, Thrill Jockey artist Jason Urick endeavors to bridge the gap between the quietude of 2009’s Husbands and the distorted briliance of 2010’s Fussing And Fighting.
“This record was recorded and pieced together during a very transitional period of my life,” says Urick of I Love You. “A lot was influx in regards to location on the planet and people and relationships within said planet.”
“My feeling regarding these changes had a tendency to fluctuate between very excited and confident with uncertainty and alternatingly unsure and nervous, sometimes fluctuating between the two rapidly from second-to-second.”
Which is to say Urick felt the extremes of emotion consistent with what many of us feel as we move about in this time of geo-political upheaval. As many of the great mystics advise, Urick sought to understand his feelings through meditation: “It feels silly and potentially useless to describe such personal and brief experiences in words,” he noted, “however it is my hope that within the record I am able to communicate these ideas/feeling to sound where it might make more sense.”
Within the pulsing racket of today’s Free MP3 of the Day, “The Crying Song,” there’s a calliope-like repetition that, when allowed to sink into the mind, resonates with that single vibration around which flew Urick’s all-too-human emotions. That is, the vibration at the center of going “from feeling very in tune in body and mind to completely adrift in a large universe, again in very rapid succession until all that remained was a vibration.”
I Love You is available from Thrill Jockey.