The feeling you get when you think about things that are gone- times you've lived through and all their odd little details, people who've died, old friendships, past relationships, places that were important to you but have been gone for years- that's the theme of this album.
Only three of the pieces are titled: the title piece, "The Usual Suspect", and "Good Things Still Exist". The rest are left as pieces of the overall theme. I did this because I didn't want to tell anyone what they might miss, or ought to miss; or to make it personal to me, with things I miss. The three pieces with titles are universal to the theme: the statement; what's usually attributed as the cause of the "problem"; and the conclusion.
The passage of time, loss, and mortality, are all real. Memory allows the details of things caught up in these to have a sort of subjective ghost existence. It lessens the blow.
These memories provide context. Where did you come from? What did you experience?
Would it be better to lose such thoughts entirely? I don't know. On the one hand, they can't bring anything back. They may be more haunting than comforting. But they also provide a sense of value to things no longer here, You remember and you will not forget.
released June 9, 2020
all sounds composed and performed by Greg Segal, who also did the cover
recorded summer 2019 to late spring 2020 @ Phantom Airship 7