French Style Furs
Maust and Warkentin began recording bass and drum tracks in the winter of ’13. Nathan Willett showed up with a large book of poems written by a 20th century monk. The collaboration that followed was uncharted territory; A recording project that began spontaneously to document a creative urgency. The inspiration behind the idea to use the poetry of Thomas Merton as the lyrics for the LP came from Willett’s fascination with the mystic who wrote on social justice, pacifism and Eastern religion. These poems opened a door of possibilities for Willett to sing unhinged, and gave vision and direction to the album.