Treelines and Skylines was inspired by considerable time spent in the small pockets of true forest that remain out west: the sequoias, redwoods, douglas firs, spruce, and cedars. There’s no place where life feels more in balance than in an ancient forest. “Treeline” was conceived while standing on top of a rock face while looking across at a grove of giant sequoias in the distance. “Song for Joyce Kilmer” tells the story from the tree’s point of view. “Into the Trees” explores the disunion between nature and man and the virtues of life in balance. In contrast, “Skyline” exposes the fallacies of city life and human self-importance. In between are songs about aging and our medical culture, freedom and travel, love and renewal, a musician’s hard choices, death with dignity, racism and war, and losing a parent. The album concludes with an instrumental inspired by author and soundtracker Gordon Hempton, played entirely on a single acoustic guitar.
Loud and Clear has more of a rock feel to it than Folkstar’s last album and is an ambitious 16-tracks in length. To learn more about the album and all things Folkstar please visit http://folkstar.net. There’s a fantastic blog describing the album and the meaning and inspiration behind it here: http://folkstar.net/loud-and-clear-folkstars-new-album. Folkstar begins the mixing phase this Friday with acclaimed engineer Karen Kane. Album street date to be announced very soon.