Chris Schlarb Discusses New Album, 'Making The Saint'

by Acoustic Nation
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at 5:11pm

Following the eccentric pop of Psychic Temple II, Chris Schlarb has returned with a more intimate full-length, Making The Saint.

Below, read a message from Schlarb himself:

Making The Saint is my new full-length album.

I recorded it inside a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains of California. The owners told me to keep an eye out for ghosts.

When I started driving up into the mountains, I didn't have any new music prepared. I’d just finished an East Coast tour with my Psychic Temple band; six members strong on the road and twelve musicians back at home. A big band for sure. We’d already booked another tour with the guys, all of whom are professionals in their own right. As I drove, I found myself yearning for an intimate, unpolished sound.

–– Watch the trailer for the album below: –– 

Even though Psychic Temple is a big deal, I love small records. When I say “small record," I think of Sandy Bull's Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk's sublime Solo Monk.

Each of these albums is simple. They're direct. Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn't belabor it. The recording and mixing came quickly. I followed my instincts.

This album is also a spiritual retreat for me; a healthy and necessary separation after so many strong collaborations. If you're Sufist, you’d call this khalwa. In Japanese Zen Buddhism, it's called sesshin. The Santerian process of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white garments and avoid physical contact for one year. Like so many have done before me, I forced myself into a state of inner solitude to find something new.

I hope you enjoy it, and you experience something similar while listening.

- Chris Schlarb

Making The Saint Tracklisting:
1. Making The Saint
2. Great Receiver
3. The Fear of Death Is the Birth of God
4. My Foolish Heart

Find out more at Schlarb’s record label: asthmatickitty.com.