Brothers-related collectibles finally see a wide release.
By Blurt Staff
Ramseur Records will re-release all of Seth Avett’s solo
albums – originally released under the moniker Timothy Seth Avett as Darling – this week in both physical format and
digitally via iTunes. Considered rarities by Avett Brothers fans (only a few
hundred copies were pressed up), the timing is apt, considering that 2009
marked a watershed year for the Avetts, whose Rick Rubin-produced I and Love
and You has been turning up on many a year-end best-of list (including
Avett released a
statement explaining the genesis of the recording projects:
“In the year 2001, at twenty-one years of age, I recorded an album entitled To Make the World Quiet. The
inspiration for the piece was urgent and impatient. There was no
managerial or label involvement. There was no funding. Without any
consideration towards who (if anyone) would hear the result of this outing, I
happily executed each aspect of the process, including all writing, performance
of each instrument, engineering and modest production. The following
year, I again, by the same process was obliged to record an album. Killing the Headlamps was the
realization of this second venture as ‘Darling’. Both albums were made on
a 4-track cassette recorder. I initially mixed them both on a low-fidelity home
stereo in my kitchen (to yet another cassette). I spent a perhaps unhealthy
amount of time with a ruler, an X-acto knife, and a real-time dual-deck cd
duplicator, hand-assembling these two albums (along with the first couple
thousand units of the first official Avett Brothers recording Country Was).
“Until New Years Eve 2010, the only physical copies of these records laid in
the hands of maybe a few hundred people that I sold them to personally. I
have been honored by the continued interest in these early works as expressed
by those who have inquired about them at Avett performances. It is this
kind inquiry that has inspired me again; this time to make them readily
available through a proper duplication and ordering process.”
Starting on December the 30th in Knoxville, TN, the first two ‘Darling’ records
(in addition to The Mourning, The
Silver, The Bell),
will be available at each Avett Brothers performance through January the 3rd.
From then on, all three albums can be obtained from the website (www.timothysethavettasdarling.com)
by download or through a mail-order process for the actual physical copies.
They will be available on iTunes as well, starting December 29th.
In addition, a set of 5 videos have been created by Crackerfarm to
coincide not only with the newfound availability of these recordings, but with
the New Year as well. Each video is a one-camera/one-angle performance of a
song from one of the 3 ‘Darling’ records. These visual pieces are defined
by their simplicity, as there has been no editing or audio overdubbing of any
Starting today, December 28th two of these videos
have been posted to Avett’s site – and for the next three weeks, a new video
will be posted on Monday morning at ten o’clock (EST) on the Darling website [http://www.timothysethavettasdarling.com/videos].