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.

Photos By Josh Sisk

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