Strangers I've Already Met was a dream record for me. I spent two weeks tracking in a giant, old wooden barn in upstate New York. I got to arrange, play, listen, overdub, contemplate, sing, write, and get weird with two of my favorite musicians in the world -- Sam Weber and Marshall Wildman (with a surprise guest appearance by a third, Jim Horbett). Joseph Chudyk, who engineered and mixed the very first Sneaky Bones record, was our omnipresent sonic guide and digital wizard. After we left Byron, NY, I was digging through the liner notes of my favorite contemporary records and kept coming across two names -- Scott Hirsch and Chris Boerner. A series of emails and phone calls landed these tracks in Ojai, CA for mixing and Carrboro, NC for mastering. Scott and Chris gave this record life I didn't know it had. I collaborated with two profoundly talented artists -- Arden Klemmer and Pat Falco -- to build a tactile home for these 11 tracks.
So thank you Sam, Marshall, Joe, Jim, Scott, Chris, Arden, and Pat for Strangers I've Already Met. Thank you to Ian Schofinski for joining us in the barn sauna for 36 hours and documenting the experience. Thank you to Cameron at Welcome to 1979 for putting this on wax. Thank you to my family for your unwavering support and positivity. Thank you to everyone who had ears, eyes, art direction, opinions, advice, and love -- Gordon, Paul, Hamilton, Ana, Alec, and Josiah. Thank you Malcolm for inspiring me to pick up the guitar and make music; for you I'll never stop. And thank you to everyone who spins this record -- this is for you. Heres to all the strangers I've already met.
Strangers I've Already Met is the third full-length LP from US folk artist Sneaky Bones. Matthew Bean created the musical moniker Sneaky Bones in 2014 and has since toured the US, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and New Zealand.