About Making The Saint
Making The Saint was recorded inside a wooden cabin in the San Bernardino mountains of California. The owners told me to keep an eye out for ghosts. They said my electric guitar would resonate inside the 140-year old walls like a giant amplifier. When I booked the cabin and started driving up to Big Bear, I didn’t have any new music prepared. Just the day before, I finished an East Coast tour including a few pick up dates in Long Beach and Los Angeles with my Psychic Temple band. The group consisted of six members on the road and twelve musicians at home. Another tour was already booked and I knew this trip would be my only chance to explore a more intimate, unpolished sound.
I love small records. When I say that, I think of Sandy Bull‘s Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno‘s No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk‘s sublime Solo Monk. Each of these albums is simple and direct. In that way, Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn’t labor over it. The recording and mixing came quickly and I followed my instincts.
Making The Saint is a spiritual retreat; a healthy and necessary separation after so many collaborations. For a Sufist the practice is known as khalwa. In Japanese Zen Buddhism, it’s called sesshin. The Santerian process of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white garments and avoid physical contact for one year. I forced myself into solitude in order to find something new. I hope you enjoy it.
On limited edition white vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Available from Asthmatic Kitty Records.
1. Making The Saint (19:09)
2. Great Receiver (3:09)
3. The Fear of Death is the Birth of God (14:35)
4. My Foolish Heart (1:57)
Chris Schlarb: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Electronics, Voice
Recorded August 9th – 11th, 2013 at Gold Rush Cabin, Big Bear, California
All songs written by Chris Schlarb, worldwide rights administered by Domino Publishing Company USA (ASCAP) except,
“My Foolish Heart” written by Victor Young and Ned Washington. Anne Rachel Music Corp./Catharine Hinen/Patti Washington Music (ASCAP). Used by permission.
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, Arizona
Designed by Jason Munn
Photography by Adriana Schlarb