Ghost, available June 26, 2015, is the debut album by indie-folk band Native Harrow. Every note of Ghost was written, recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Devin Tuel and Stephen Harms from fall 2014 to spring 2015 along some of their travels through New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Colorado.
Returning home following a 7-week tour in October 2014, Native Harrow began recording using a couple microphones in the living room of their NYC apartment. Police sirens, helicopters, and general street noise found their way onto the tracks recorded during these sessions, which resulted in Ghost, Kirah, Poor Beggar (The Heron), and Tears Like A River. A building fire in November, and its subsequent renovation projects, all but halted work on the recording until the two packed up their belongings in their SUV and headed west, first to Nashville for most of March 2015 and then to Colorado for another two months. New songs like Bird and Wild Dreams were written and recorded in Nashville, again in a living room, using Devin’s newly acquired electric guitar and a borrowed set of drums. Final slide guitar and mandolin overdubs were completed, along with mixing, upon arriving in Colorado.
The album’s eleven tracks comprise songs dating back to 2013 (Kirah, Six Feet Under, and Forgive Me), tracks the two had written the previous summer for their Fall 2014 tour (Ghost, Out West, Don’t Know How I’m Gonna Go But I’m Goin’), as well as brand new ones (Bird, Intro, Poor Beggar (The Heron), Wild Dreams, Tears Like A River). Some of the songs are first takes, recorded live with one or two microphones, while others are layered studio constructions of live drums and percussion, upright and electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, slide guitar, and sometimes stacks of vocals. The final track (Wild Dreams) weaves together two completely different takes of the song; slow and fast, acoustic and electric, New York and Nashville, while the track before it (Forgive Me) is an iPhone demo recorded minutes after writing the song.
The Ghost Noisetrade Sampler contains 4 tracks from the 11 track album:
2. Poor Beggar (The Heron)
3. Tears Like A River
4. Don't Know How I'm Gonna Go, But I'm Goin'
Devin Tuel - vocals, guitars, percussion
Stephen Harms - bass, guitars, drums, mandolin, lap steel, vocals
produced, mixed & mastered - Devin Tuel and Stephen Harms