A year after processing the deaths that lead to the Collection’s first full-length, vocalist David Wimbish found his faith and courage left at the bottom of a spiritual well. Listen To The River is the story of the rope that he used to climb out, one that’s strands were made of great spiritual writers, from Rumi and Kahlil Gibran to Herman Hesse and Lao Tse. The process that followed was a re-examination and reorientation of both his spirituality, and his marriage to member Mira Joy after mutually deciding to divorce last year, ultimately leading to an album created together, hoping to honor the past while accepting the present.
The band had spent much of the last few years touring the country as a unit of 7 people, and wanted to create an album that reflected the sound of their experiences together. Where previously the Collection had been approached as a community collective, Listen To The River is much more distinctly the sound of a band, one that has been through many tough and beautiful moments together.
released March 24, 2017
Listen To The River was performed by
David Wimbish: Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Percussion, Strings, Baritone Horn, Vibraphone
Hope Baker: Clarinet, Saxophone, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Hayden Cooke: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Timothy Joel Austin: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Joshua Dorsett: Electric Guitar, Loops, Vocals
Graham Dickey: Horns, Harp, Vibraphone
Mira Joy Wimbish: Vocals, Accordion, Percussion, Vibraphone
Luke Skaggs: Fiddle on “Siddhartha”
Stephen Price: Synth on “Birds” and “The Alchemy Of Awe”
Joshua Ling and Terra Jo Kleigle (in addition to the collection) sang group vocals on “Birds,” “Siddhartha,” “Sing Of The Moon,” “So Many People,” “The Older One,” and “The Explorer.”
Executive Producer: Stephen Price
Co-producers: David Wimbish, Joshua Dorsett
Engineering: Stephen Price
Assistant Engineering: Joshua Dorsett, Ethan Gingrich, Dustin Lohr
Mixing: David Wimbish, Joshua Dorsett
Mastering: Adam Gonsalves, Telegraph Mastering
Art Concept: Brian Morgante, Flesh & Bone
Artwork: David Wimbish
The Collection feels enormous gratitude to James and Mikal Celentano, for being the best manager and team a band could ask for and for making this record even possible, Stephen and Kate Price for believing in this dream and seeing it to fruition, ElisaRay, Al Brilliant, our beautiful friends in Lowland Hum, and Aaron Weiss for spiritual and personal direction, Joel Case, The Helser’s, and A Place For The Heart for letting us use your beautiful studio, Gene Francis and Reynolda Church, Riede Dervay, Kevan Chandler, The Oh Hellos, Family & Friends, Cereus Bright, mewithoutYou, The Genuine, our parents, every venue that’s hosted us, every family that has hosted and/or fed us, and every person that’s ever listened to our music: we do not take for granted the fact that we can only do this because of you.
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