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Habit of Being - EP

by Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

A future-rustic indie-rock EP containing four songs about unhip topics.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Habit of Being
Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy
2:36 $0.99
2. Happy Birthday to the Bomb
Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy
1:00 $0.99
3. Nobody Calls Me Home
Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy
0:58 $0.99
4. When the Snow Melts
Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy
4:34 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“Habit of Being is a four song EP by a future-rustic indie-rock trio that speaks to mortality, and other unhip topics. These songs draw influence, structurally from classic song templates, as well as Guided By Voices styles, Captain Beefheart, and Bob Dylan. Habit of Being, the song, was written after a conversation about a National Geographic article on human behavior turned dark. Happy Birthday To The Bomb wrote itself, what with so many people always jumping on the wagon of doomsday prophecy. It’s funny, you see. Nobody Calls Me Home; well, you could take that several ways, can’t you? When The Snow Melts is a very personal song written after the untimely death of my brother. Life is hard, and we’re all waiting for some snow to melt. I appreciate you taking the time to listen, and consider this.” –Til Willis

Technical notes:
The EP was recorded by Til Willis at 1509 Vermont, Lawrence, KS. It was mixed in Portland, OR at Jackpot! Studio by Larry Crane, who’s credits include mixing for Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Wooden Shjips, and The Shins. It was mastered by John Hruska in Denver, CO.



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Four songs hit from the future-rustic Midwestern trio
The title cut to Habit of Being is a rough and rocking number shot through with elements of surf guitar. Like a
blast of pure Springsteen by way of the Gun Club, Willis’ voice carries a weight with it that lends believable quality to the repeated refrain of “I’ll ride on.” “Happy Birthday to the Bomb” is the quieter affair between it and “Nobody Calls Me Home,” with its viola sweetening a sad tune.

“Happy Birthday” and “Nobody Calls Me Home” could even be seen as fraternal twins — they’re both born of the same short sadness — clocking in rather quickly, but while “Happy Birthday” is plaintive in its longing, “Nobody Calls Me Home” is a hoarse shout.
The final song, and the sole cut on the second side, “When the Snow Melts,” is a mournful affair. According to Willis’ liner notes, the song was written after the “untimely death” of his brother. It’s astonishingly gorgeous, and the high lonesome sound of Lori Baker’s violin paired with Willis’ harmonica — to say nothing of the Dylanesque lines, “the only cure for death/Is to never be born” — is the sort of thing that could pull tears from the most stoic.
The EP sounds a little rough, but it’s most likely due to Willis and company recording this EP in his home, rather than in a studio. The mastering job gives Habit of Being a robust sound, though, even if it does have some ragged edges.
The paper sleeve inside the jacket is custom-decorated by Willis himself, and is a pleasant little surprise when you pull the 7″ out for the first time. The liner notes are photocopied, with a great bit of further art — dancing men with lightbulb heads. The artwork is just kind of fascinating.The copy I received was pressed on smokey clear green wax, which looks absolutely killer. Every record evidently comes on a different colored vinyl, so who knows what you might receive? The record comes with a download of the EP, as well, and if you tweet or Facebook post that aforementioned custom art, you get a download of a bonus track.