Singer/Songwriter Jeff “JCK” Klemm, known for his nationally touring, critically acclaimed rock band MAID MYRIAD, has announced his first solo album “Burying The Shadows,” to be released Dec. 11 through Diskette Records.
“The songs were mostly written and recorded over several weeks last winter in the grips of fever delirium and emotional crisis,” says Klemm. “Instead of going on a bar bender to cope with the heartbreak, I went on a creative bender and put all those wild emotions down on record. I moved my bed into my studio and didn’t leave for weeks.” Klemm performed all the instruments on the record with the exception of two songs, on which Jake Porter, Colin Stevens and Tiernan King (of Klemm’s live band The Letters) take the helm.
Renowned engineer and co-owner of Central 8 Studios Nathan Doutt handled the mixing duties. “Due to my tour schedule, I was barely home in 2015, so the record was collecting dust until Nathan asked about it,” recalls Klemm. “I handed him a hard drive full of songs and said ‘have fun.’ Nathan sculpted the sound in a bigger, different and more focused direction than I’d originally envisioned. He’d send me new mixes and I’d send notes from the road. Nathan put a ton of time and energy into making the album sound unique and it really shines through in the mixes.”
Although “Burying The Shadows” does not adhere to one musical genre, the record is not without mortar. Featuring classic breakup songs of love gone sour, from the sarcastic “It’s Just Not Meant To Be” to the anxious “13 Missed Calls,” the lush and hopeful “Ocean Meets The Sky” and alt-country bordering “Fix,” the unifying theme is love in all its iterations – from inception to death. Klemm makes his apologies in the fraught “Weight Of The World,” where his recognizable soaring tenor counteracts the whiskey-soaked doo-wop of “You’re Breaking My Heart (The Whiskey Song),” dedicated to none other than his faithful companion.
Says Klemm: “What ties the record together thematically is the word ‘heart’, which is mentioned in pretty much every song. These songs were the knife that cut through the scar tissue building up around my heart over the last few years. Letting go of the past by burying the shadows that had overcast my happiness was liberating and cathartic. I can finally breathe. I hope it comes through in this collection of songs and the companion acoustic record that will follow early next year.”
Jeff Klemm & The Letters will perform “Burying The Shadows” in its entirety on Dec. 5 at Musica in Downtown Akron, with local favorites Hell & Highwater and Sancat. Tickets are available through Akronmusica.com. The album will be available for purchase on thisisJCK.com and digitally released across all major platforms on December 11th.