Two months after his high school graduation, John Mark Nelson jumped to the top of Minneapolis’ folk-pop scene with 2012‘s Waiting and Waiting, a homemade album that split the difference between Nick Drake’s quiet, stripped-back acoustics and Andrew Bird’s orchestral sweep. Two years later, he’s ready to make a bigger splash with Sings the Moon, the most detailed, collaborative album of his young career.
“We recorded in a very unique and experimental way,” says Nelson, who co-produced the album with Matt Patrick. “We would drop buckets of bolts for percussion, record guitars through walkie-talkies, and capture my voice through old, boxy guitar amps.”
Warm and welcoming, Sings the Moon conjures up images of a winter’s night spent inside a cabin, with a fire in the hearth and a soft song on the radio. Nelson, who fills the songs with autobiographical memories of his past and imagined events of his possible future, calls it “the soundtrack to a single human life.” For this folk-pop songwriter, though, the soundtrack is just beginning.
released 24 June 2014
Produced by John Mark Nelson and Matt Patrick
Mixed by Matt Patrick at The Library Recording Studio
Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering
Artwork and Illustration by Heather Weideman
Layout & Design by Matthew Custar
All songs written and arranged by John Mark Nelson © 2014 John Mark Nelson Music ASCAP
All songs recorded at The Library Recording Studio with the exception of “Far From Here” and "All You Are", recorded in part at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis by Matt Patrick and Bruce Balgaard
Thank you to my incredible family, dear friends, and supporters, for your unending encouragement.
Thank you to each and every Kickstarter Backer, with special thanks to Mark & Elizabeth Nelson, Lee & Bonnie Stedman, Adam & Barbra Curtis, Bill & Stephanie Naegele, Tess Hecht, Jerod T. Petersen, The Pears Family, Grant & Ryan Hedblom, Arlene Zimmerman, Steve, Sara, Sophie, and Emma Whicher, Rod and Nancy Peterson, Jerry Cerchia, Ann Nelson, Bradford Olson, Kevin & Sonia Siefering, Matt Peterson, Nancy & Jim Larson, Gary, Danise, Kellen & Krin McMillen, Jean & Grace Keating, Bryan & Krista Petersen, Matt, Desiree, Levi, Andi & Paige Nelson, Sara Nutter, Holly Woods Babbs, Elizabeth Melton, Hallur F. Danielsen, Brent Riddersen, The Stromwall Family, Scott Nelson, Jeremiah and Hannah Rempel, Nathaniel Poehlke, Gregory Niemann, Christopher A. McLean, Jason Wallestad, Sonja Saunders, Charley Barniskis, Eric Mintalar, Charlie & Sarah Eiler, Kevin Springob, Rob, Connie, Andrew & Zeke Chapin, The Zilka Family, Dan, Deb & Allison Boe, and Doug Peterson.
A very special thank you to Matt Patrick. Your artistry and integrity richly bless the lives of many.