Local singer-songwriter Jeff “JCK” Klemm has spent the last decade touring and recording with the rock band Maid Myriad. Now, he’s announced he’ll release his first solo album, Burying the Shadows
, on Dec. 11 through Diskette Records.
“The songs were mostly written and recorded over several weeks last winter in the grips of fever delirium and emotional crisis,” says Klemm in a press release. “Instead of going on a bar bender to cope with the heartbreak, I went on a creative bender and put all those wild emotions down on record. I moved my bed into my studio and didn't leave for weeks.”
Klemm performed all the instruments on the record with the exception of two songs which feature Jake Porter, Colin Stevens and Tiernan King (of Klemm’s live band, the Letters). Nathan Doutt, a respected engineer and co-owner of Central 8 Studios handled the mixing duties. The album has proggy overtones that recall acts such as At the Drive-In and Cohered and Cambria.
“Due to my tour schedule, I was barely home in 2015, so the record was collecting dust until Nathan asked about it,” recalls Klemm. “I handed him a hard drive full of songs and said ‘have fun.’ Nathan sculpted the sound in a bigger, different and more focused direction than I’d originally envisioned. He’d send me new mixes and I’d send notes from the road. Nathan put a ton of time and energy into making the album sound unique and it really shines through in the mixes.”
Klemm says that the word “heart” thematically ties the album together. It’s mentioned in nearly every song.
“These songs were the knife that cut through the scar tissue building up around my heart over the last few years,” he says. “Letting go of the past by burying the shadows that had overcast my happiness was liberating and cathartic. I can finally breathe. I hope it comes through in this collection of songs and the companion acoustic record that will follow early next year."
Jeff Klemm & the Letters will perform Burying the Shadows
in its entirety on Dec. 5 at Musica in Akron. Hell & Highwater and Sancat open. Tickets are available through Akronmusica.com
. The album will be available for purchase on thisisJCK.com
and digitally released across all major platforms on Dec. 11.