“Shil” was a bonus track made by Travis Pope for his friend’s approaching wedding. It’s sounds were recorded during the “Home” recording sessions at 5th Street Studios by Evan Kleinecke and it’s visuals were created during the depths of the late March/April quarantine of 2020. It released on Friday June 5, 2020 and it’s music video debuts today on their one year anniversary.
Shil’s sounds were made by the Korg R3, the Roland TR-8, the Critter and Guitari Pocket Piano, a field recording from a creek in the Lost Maples State Natural Area, and a field recording of a beloved Jack Russel Terrier’s collar. The backdrop for the “Shil” music video is influenced by Ben Prisk, made with acrylic paint, and was an important outlet in itself during last Spring’s scramble. It currently resides in San Antonio, TX with the happy couple.
” Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere.”
2020’s chaotic path opened a new awareness of the futility of trying to plan everything. People died, shows were cancelled, jobs were lost, bitterness grew, and relationships frayed. The emotives and energies frothing at the surface could not be seen by those gasping in it.
A summer of insight, a winter of defiance, and a New Year of battling assumptions and hunger have however thrown their buoys.
April 4, 2021 will be the next signal if their lessons were grasped.
“Home” is the second studio effort from Music Of 25, a collection of projects by an Austin/TX based songwriter named Travis Pope. This sophomore release expands on it’s predecessor’s dedication to concept with five detailed songs about the songwriter’s five homes: San Antonio, Abilene, Cleburne, Lubbock, and Austin. Each song was composed in it’s respective city, features musicians relative to that location, and was recorded in Austin/TX @5th Street Studios.