After The Flood is the forthcoming album from Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds.
Recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville and Los Angeles, After The Flood is both a massive step forward and a natural progression from Reynolds' previous two albums, Maps and Pictures And Sound, expanding into looser, more psychedelic territory. The album marks a creative highpoint for Reynolds, who in addition to having led his own groups has collaborated with artists such as Willie Nelson, Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta, Guster, and Jenny O.
In the four years since releasing his last album Maps, Reynolds relocated from Topanga Canyon to Brooklyn, immersed himself in work as a collaborator and session musician, and built a cabin in his native Vermont on what he calls, "The most beautiful piece of land I've ever seen." He joined the band Guster and helped to write and record their forthcoming album Evermotion produced by Richard Swift. Between tours, he traveled to Vermont where he logged a driveway and cabin site, planted apple trees, chopped firewood and built a simple cedar shingle cabin with his father. These contrasting experiences of building a cabin and working with new musicians were transformational and created the ideal conditions for After The Flood to be born.
The album was written during the winter in his tiny 8'x10' apartment in Brooklyn, inspired by weeks spent reading Stephen Hawking
and French symbolist poetry supplied by his girlfriend, a writing teacher. The name of the album in fact comes from the title of the first poem of Rimbaud's collection Illuminations, Après Le Deluge (After The Flood). "I wanted to write the kind of songs I'd seek out on my own, if I knew somewhere, someone else were writing them."
After writing an album's worth of material, Reynolds cashed in twelve years' worth of frequent flier miles and flew in his favorite collaborators and friends from all over the country to begin recording in Brooklyn. Tracking the entire album took five days. "I didn't want anyone to have learned the songs before we pressed record." Overdub sessions resumed the following week in Nashville, and concluded in Los Angeles weeks later. Lyrically and sonically the record nods to Scott Walker, JJ Cale, The Clientele, Richard Swift, and The Beach Boys.
"I always say that I feel like my best work is still out in front of me, but until you actually sit down and do the work required to pull off making a record, you never really know where you're at. I pushed as hard as I can making this one and broke some new ground for myself. I'm certain this is my best work to date."
The result is After The Flood.
- luke reynolds