Hear Ye Hear Ye
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benjamin Brackett recorded his debut album over the course of one rainy week in Seattle, WA. Nestled within the confines of the famed Studio Litho, Brackett played all manner of instruments, laying down ten tracks that would make up the body of Hear Ye Hear Ye, released on December 18th through his own label, Casa De Stereo. Combining influences that range from Wilco and The Band, to Elliott Smith and Big Star, Hear Ye Hear Ye deals with love, loneliness, and societal alienation through a series of vignettes that reveal grand themes within their own personal codes. Written over the course of three years while Brackett was a guitar player in various other bands, these songs were first recorded to four-track tape machine and stored in a closet shelf, until they slowly found their way into the hands of various friends and associates. Soon after, Brackett was commissioned to turn these songs into a full length record for an upcoming label being started by a friend. The plans for that label fell through in the midst of Brackett starting work on the album, and the record was then finished and released on his own label, Casa De Stereo.