Key track from forthcoming album, due early March.
By Blurt Staff
His parents call him Jordan, but the Geiger family’s gifted son is known to the rest of us as Hospital Ships, and his 4th full-length arrives March 11 on Graveface. Titled The Past is Not a Flood, the eagerly-awaited record should please all you BLURT readers—proof arriving in the form of our video premiere. It’s an acoustic version of the track “Long May You”:
Geiger notes, of the John Congleton-produced album, that it’s a product of his dealing with trying to break the cycle of mental illness, anxiety, and depression. “The song ‘You and I’ is the sound of my anxiety, ‘Long May You’ reflects grieving, ‘Nothing To Hide’ is inspired by/a tribute to the late Jason Molina, ‘Little Flower’ is reflecting on a family life I’ve chosen not to have, ‘All In Time’ (which is based on the same musical motif as both ‘You and I’ and ‘Long May You’) is about accepting the painful and temporary nature of life…”
Geiger currently resides in North Carolina, where he plays with Des Ark (he’s also played with Shearwater and Minus Story). He says that the new album was a collaborative effort, made by inviting friends to the recording studio but without giving them prior knowledge of what the songs would be. “We would build repetitive patterns together until we had something I liked, and then we would track live with me playing/singing the song under the pattern we had built up. This process was made because I didn’t really have my band lineup in Austin, and I wanted to open up the process to collaboration, and also inspired heavily by Arthur Russells semi-improvisational instrumentals, mainly the First Thought Best Thought record. Then I’d overdub as I saw fit at home, adding samples from previous Hospital Ships records as well as a Shearwater sample, and vocals, and vintage synths, which is a new texture for my records. The record was completed by the mixing of John Congleton, who is my other longtime and trusted collaborator.”
Hospital Ships will tour in March, playing in NC as well as his former cities of Austin and Lawrence, KS. Tour dates at his Facebook page.