Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire has released “Yeah You, and I”, the debut album from his solo project, Sam Patch. The album is available on iTunes now, and on vinyl here. The music that would become “Yeah You, And I” was written and recorded in various locations between the summer of 2014 and the winter of 2016. Tim recorded and produced the songs himself. He limited himself primarily to guitar, a Vox organ, a Vermona drum machine, an Oberheim Xpander synthesizer, and his voice. “Up All Night”, the first song Tim wrote for the album, was entirely composed and partially recorded one evening in a London hotel room.
As the record began to take shape, certain themes and influences became apparent in the songs. Many are touchstones from Tim’s past, such as Abba, Devo, Fleetwood Mac, Zamfir, Leonard Cohen and Stereolab. Lyrically, he was inspired by everything from self-help books to Philip K. Dick to Greek and Christian mythology.
Tim played the majority of the instrumental parts and wrote and sang all the songs, yet also worked with a wide assortment of collaborators. Basia Bulat lent her voice on seven of the record’s eight songs and contributed vocal and piano arrangements on various tracks. Jeremy Gara, drummer in Arcade Fire and Tim’s frequent musical collaborator, played drums on six of the songs. John McEntire and Doug McCombs, appear on “Never Meant No Harm” and “Up All Night”. The song “Listening” was co-written with Tim’s wife and partner Natalie Shatula.
Sam Patch will be on a winter/spring 2017 tour in both Canada and the U.S.