A great deal of my life has centered around loss, or fear of loss. When my grandma, NYC detective Marie Cirile Spagnuolo (also known in the papers as "Lady Tiger"), passed away in 2011, I was singing in my band, and drove cross country to help clear out her house. We found a magical old mandolin in a beat up tweed case, which I named Mando Calrissian. I had never played before, but started learning Neutral Milk Hotel songs and songwriting with the few chords that I knew, to deal with my grief. Soon I incorporated the mandolin into my band's act, and began performing solo shows. A short time after, I had moved to Portland, OR to study and pursue comedy and music.
By the summer of 2014, I'd accumulated a great deal of songs and gigs. Songs about my grandma, my family, my partner, my friends and fear and life, and then my greatest nightmare occurred–– my dad passed away without warning. I was living in Portland, he was living in LA. My dad was fundamentally a reason why I wrote songs in the first place, why I sang them, and why I believe I have songs and stories to tell. I decided, as soon as possible, to record my solo album. That winter, I began recording with producer Larry Crane.
This album captures this time from adolescence to adulthood, the rise and fall of hope and fear and grief. It's a snapshot of being a girl unable to sleep because they feel buried alive, taken out of moments due to worry over their father's health, the ecstasy of being in love, the distant loneliness of being on tour and playing shows in warehouses, and the promise of possibility that keeps us all persisting, despite the risk of more heartbreak. It's this era, lovingly wrapped up in a messy twine, for you to discover, while I continue to grow as an artist and person.
Producer Larry Crane worked closely with me to ensure that this album represented myself, at that moment, as a solo artist. I am playing mandolin and singing like you would find me at a local cafe or punk club, with the songs the way I wrote them. My partner, musician Kyle McCormick, features on the album with guitar, keys, and more, with Larry playing bass, guitar, and keys. Larry gave the album an incredible direction, emphasizing the natural thematic through-line and the heart of the songs. I am thrilled to deliver an album that is as eclectic as myself, with songs ranging from folk, to punk, to jazz, with the lightness of comedy and the most authentic of my tragedy. This album balances the conceptual with the experienced. The part of me that loves concept albums, rock operas and showtunes finds a place through metaphor in songs like "Winter is Coming", "Little Bell" and "Raindrop", while also documenting real life events like the fight to legalize equal marriage in "Beautiful Day" or mourning my loved ones in "F". This album not only transports me back to these moments in my life, but to just the three of us, myself, Larry, and Kyle, working together, making this album by hand. it's an album that I wish I could have put in the glove compartment of my mom's car, for my younger self to discover while we drove around in the car blasting Patti Smith and singing along.
released September 20, 2016
Written and performed by Lucia Fasano
Recorded and produced by Larry Crane at Jackpot Recording in Portland, Oregon
Lucia Fasano – vocals, mandolin, ukulele, keys, percussion
Larry Crane – bass, keys, acoustic guitar
Kyle McCormick – electric guitar, piano, drums
Nerd Boy, produced by The Doubleclicks
Aubrey Webber - bass, backup vocals
Album mastered by Garrett Haines at
Treelady Studios in Pittsburgh, PA
Album photos by Jessie Kirk,
Illustration by Lucia Fasano
Thanks to my mom, my dad, my brothers, my family,
Kyle McCormick, Larry Crane & Jenna Zine, Angela & Aubrey
Webber, Barbara Holm, Jeni Houston, Amelia Stone, Lewis
Sequeira, Kevin M. Arnold, Chiara Grassia, Brittany Scheffler, Kasey Clark, Bevin Abbe, Justin and Heather Lubin, Ann Howard, and my old and new friends.
Released by Doubleclicks Records
© Lucia Fasano, 2016
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