Losing Things is a collection of ten brand new songs by Indie-Folk artist, Mark Schirmacher. The album traces one man's journey as he recounts his life's memories before age-related memory loss steals them away.
Mark's thoughts on the songs:
“I wanted to create something that holds together as a continuous narrative following a single character’s arc, or something that could be enjoyed as a collection of stand-alone cuts, each with their own story to tell. The individual songs come from different places - my personal life, my family tree, my imagination - but they hold together well as a single expression, I think."
Mark's thoughts on working with Christian Andrews and the recording process:
“Working with Christian kept things focused for me, and his style is a great balance of structure, creativity, and openness to new material that I would bring into the studio. We decided to go through the official demoing process to define and refine the songs before hitting the studio, and that proved to be a really useful step. We got to nail down the 'finished' versions before bringing them to the band, and we got a leg-up on what instruments and sounds we wanted for the final mixes."
Mark's thoughts on the sound of the record:
"Using the folk song as a vehicle and backdrop, the continuous thread the listener can follow is my voice, my acoustic guitar, and my harmonica. That's the start of everything for me. Along the way, we'd talk about adding this instrument or that musician to bring out certain elements buried in the music. Elements I couldn't access on my own. Because of so many amazing people showing up to play, the sound of the record moves between Americana, jazz, baroque-folk, acoustic-chill, and straight up singer-songwriter stuff."
Mark's thoughts on working with vocalist, Carrie Boberg:
"We've known each other for a very long time. When the song 'Sleep' started taking shape during the writing and demoing process, I heard Carrie's lush alto in my head and knew that there was a place for her on this record. Honestly, she sort of steals the show. She just shines so bright."
Losing Things is Schirmacher's third studio album since 2015's Broken Hearts Shine. To learn more about the tour schedule, read his blog, or to get in contact with Mark, visit markschirmacher.com