Maggie / Tokyo

Maggie / Tokyo

Jeremiah Fraites

14 Oct 2020

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Two singles from the album were also unveiled today: ‘Tokyo’, a brisk string-swathed portrait of the titular city, and ‘Maggie’, an elegiac dedication to his wife’s beloved dog who passed away during the recording process.

“‘Tokyo’ is one of the oldest songs on the record,” stated Jeremiah. “I believe I wrote it about seven years ago. I went back and forth on whether to record this song on a grand piano or my custom felted piano nicknamed 'Firewood' – I ultimately landed on using the softer, more distinct Firewood because I felt that captured the soul of the tune better. This was a song I was guilty of over-thinking and confessing to my wife that I ‘just don’t think it was ready' for the album. I suppose finding that fine balance between overthinking and not thinking at all is the key when in the studio. Currently this is my absolute favourite song on the album.”

He continued, “I am most proud of ‘Maggie’ because of how difficult it was to record and to get 'right' - I probably said out loud on five separate occasions that I was not going to use it and delete it from the record as it continually seemed to fight me. It was also titled something completely different, but while finishing the mix at my home in Denver, my wife's beloved dog Maggie passed away far in Italy and the name just fell into my lap. Adding the drums at the 11th hour of recording (per my wife's insistence) was the lynchpin for finishing this song. Not only could I no longer imagine the song without drums, but no longer imagine the album without this song.”

1. Maggie
2. Tokyo