J.E. Sunde

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"Ten years ago I started a band with my brother Jason and our good friend Jesse Edgington called The Daredevil Christopher Wright. We were living in and around Eau Claire, WI and found ourselves learning to write and perform in what turned out to be a fertile community of like-minded musicians and creative types. From 2009 through 2012 we worked at it full time, touring across the U.S., Canada and Europe, trying to make a proper go of it. "

"At the end of touring our second full-length record, we realized that a change was in order. Jobs were to be had and the prospect of being in one place and investing in a community again looked rather good. So we decided to put the band on hiatus and try a different balance of things for a while. "

"Over the years of writing with Daredevil I had gathered a fair amount of songs that for various reason the band hadn’t used. I would pick up a solo show now and again when we weren’t touring and found myself performing songs from that collection. The notion of one day taking some time to try my hand at a solo project entered my mind and when the band decided to take a break, I thought it would be an opportune moment to give it a go. Inspired by the sounds of the 60s and 70s, and musicians like Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen, I started writing and arranging. Most of the material was drawn from that back catalog of tunes that had been patiently waiting. I decided not to shy away from the shadow of my influences but to draw from familiar sounds and tweak them enough to create something that would hopefully feel comfortable but not entirely derivative. With that loose framework in mind, I followed a pretty intuitive creative process; grabbing onto what felt good and trusting that that would lead to something interesting. Somewhere in there I decided to call the record Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God. It’s a line from a tune on the record that’s a description of birds migrating south. In the end I think the album is something of a chronicle of the last ten years for me. Not that I can call it strictly autobiographical, but there is a sense about it as I listen that it seems to chart the tones and themes that had significance in that stretch of my life. Perhaps there's some closure in that. "

​- J.E. Sunde

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