After nearly a decade of touring behind self-produced, lo-fi records—culminating in the quirky 52-song magnum opus Sound Theology (one for each week of the liturgical calendar)—Jonathan Rundman was ready for something different. So he submitted 30 tracks to one of his favorite musicians, Walter Salas-Humara of The Silos, and asked him to produce. Eleven of those songs have become Public Library, Rundman’s latest album on his own Salt Lady Records.
“I’d loved everything Walter had done with The Silos,” says the native Minnesotan. “His choices are so good—he played a huge role in how Public Library turned out. He was able to see what I couldn’t. It was like opening a Christmas present when I heard the album for the first time.”
A few larger labels expressed interest, he says, “but I interviewed a lot of different artists, most of whom are signed to majors, and they all said basically the same thing—to do what I’ve been doing … release it myself. This way I can make the music I want to make, and not sell as many records. But I also don’t need to find a day job.”