When I first met Kristian Garrard in 2007 he played a mind blowing solo set to a handful of people at a Seattle basement show and afterwards told me about how he didn’t have an album and wasn’t really thinking about recording one. Needless to say I was a bit confused. Why would he not want to let us enjoy these angelic tones?
Around the same time he teamed up with Luke Bergman and luckily since then his attitude towards recording has changed and the two of them, known to the world as Thousands, have a full album being released on Bella Union on April 26th in the US and released yesterday in the UK.
Their album, The Sound of Everything, was recorded mostly outdoors in various locations around the Pacific Northwest. Each song captured as a live performance with a Zoom H2 handheld recorder.
We managed to catch up with Kristian and Luke so they could play us some songs and tell BossnotBoss about their music and recording process (and construction cranes falling into skyscrapers). After hanging with Thousands in the woods for a while we slid on down the street and they graced us with a genuinely powerful performance in the same massively echoey stairwell that one of the songs on The Sound of Everything was recorded.
The Sound of Everything feels like Thousands is playing their beautiful songs just for you and you might even feel a little bit lucky to have been there to witness it.
Order The Sound of Everything on Vinyl, CD, or digital download from the Bella Union website.
(photos by Hamilton Boyce, use with permission / videos by Christopher Martin and Hamilton / intro written by Hamilton)