—Available for download on The Ides of March (or March 15, as it's more boringly known)
—Mastered by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (engineer of Malkmus, Death Cab, many more)
—“Kill It Now,” “Mediterranean” and “Employment Bored” have been published by 2 PDX Pop Now! Comps, Tender Loving Empire Comp 2011, a Nike Women's Boxing commercial, and Everything Will Be Fine web series
A little literary analysis of "Hesperus Rex" for fellow English majors...
—The Wreck of the Hesperus is an epic maritime poem about a maiden lashed to a mast during a ship-wrecking storm. The lyrics of this album attempt to recreate that kind of torrid yet exhilarating mood.
—This musical project got somewhat “wrecked” when the two-piece band broke up in the mid-oughts, first romantically and then musically.
—Rex means “king,” but also evokes the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex, a nod to Anne's hobby of “reading” toy dinosaurs in her invented fortunetelling premise, Dino Tarot.
—If you gouge the middle out, it makes “Hex.” Ooh. Sinister.
—Hesperus is Greek for “the evening star” or dark star—counterpart to Lucifer, “the morning star.” Since Lucifer seemed lovely but harbored bad intentions, we like to think of Hesperus as the opposite: a little bit ugly, but totally meaning well.
—Ancient Greek astronomy spoiler alert; the two stars actually turned out to be ONE: Venus (named, of course, for the mythic goddess of love). Oh, tricky love! Two sides to it! We found this, too.
“Like relics recovered from a ruined galleon, or a fallen chunk of meteor that has long since burnt down to a pebble, we hope you can dredge some enduring value out of this long-submerged record, Hesperus Rex.” — Love, Sweater!
released 15 March 2012
beats & instrumentation by Paul Alcott
words & tunes by Anne Adams
mixing & mastering by Jeff Stuart Saltzman
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