Case Studies is the new solo project of Jesse Lortz (ex-The Dutchess & The Duke), who just released The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night on Sacred Bones. The singer-songwriter and tour mates Whalebones are performing with Dreamdate at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on Saturday, October 29th (7pm, $5).
Below, a statement from Lortz about the new project:
Most of these songs were recorded were recorded with friends during Feb. 2011 by Greg Ashley (Gris Gris), in a secluded cabin in Sequim, WA. The cabin sessions marked the third time most of the songs had been recorded. Two of the songs on this album are from a previous recording session done at the Pool in Portland by Alex Yusimov. â€œThe Day We Metâ€ is from a demo recording session I did at my grandfatherâ€™s cabin on Lake Inez in Montana. A woman some of these songs are about flew out to visit me there. It was the last of the good times we had together.
Milana, Julia, Nicolas, Keegan, Greg, Suzie, Lisa, and Andrew came to the cabin to contribute to the album and take photographs and video. I wanted friends to join me because making records had always been a lonely process for me and I was ready to change that dynamic. Because this project is not a â€œband,â€ the focus has shifted so that I can play shows alone or with other people. I started writing the songs for this record when I was still married, and the most recent song was written on my 32nd birthday. This project also incorporates drawing, jewelry making, non-musical creative writing and a host of disciplines that I never got the chance to explore in previous bands. I am genuinely excited to be making music for probably the first time in my life.