Andrew Endres has been hard at work on his debut record for a fair while. Way back in April 2014, he entered the studio at Kung Fu Bakery in SE Portland to lay down 10 tracks. Desolation features the contributions of Endres on guitar, Stephanie Cooke on piano, Dave Valdez on alto sax, Lindsey Quint on bari sax, Sam Hallam on bass, and James Ford on drums. After the Bakery, Endres took the studio work to Mathys Audio and worked with Josh Mathys from April '14 to July '15 to mix and track before ultimately mastering with Gus Elg at Sky Onion Mastering.
Now the Andrew Endres Collective are set to self-release their debut record on Thursday, December 10 at Jimmy Mak's, swapping out Valdez for Noah Bernstein on alto sax and Lindsey Quint for Reid Neuman on tenor sax in the live lineup, where the collective plans to "play the entirety of the album from start to finish in one continuous flow," Endres says.
To work yourself into that flow, take a listen to the second cut, "Loss of Phobia," off Endres' new record below. "I created the entire melody of this piece in one stream of consciousness by singing notes that came to mind while patting out rhythmic ideas on my body," he explains. "I arranged the chords to fit the melody later. This piece is a reference to the irrational fears and moments of anxiety I have had throughout my life."