if you'll excuse my self-indulgence, i'd like to say a few brief words about this album, as it's a deeply personal piece of work. "a portrait of youthful arrogance" began as a continuation of "eyes wide open, staring at the sun," but slowly evolved into something else. though i wrote some songs from this record as far back as november 2015, the bulk of "portrait" was written between may and september of 2016: a period of time characterized by estrangement from my mother and my residency at a wilderness therapy facility in hawai'i. because of that, most of the songs on this record are, in some form or another, about coming to terms with my own shortcomings as well as those of my parents. in short, this album is about growing up, both as a person and as a musician; after winding up at a boarding school in new hampshire, i was forced to really hone my craft as a producer. it is for all these reasons that this album is equal parts my proudest and most expansive work to date, and is very challenging and rough around the edges. in short, i hope "portrait" means to you what it means to me, or at the very least that you enjoy it!
a long (and nowhere near exhaustive) list of people whose support, patience & generosity i am endlessly thankful for: asher white, andy white & shari joffe, anna & mari feuer, bette young, brian konik, brett wanner, brooke elkjer, david roth, evynne stitely, heidi meredith, hunter halsted, hunter spannaus, john kruth, katie uttal, kurt feuer, leor miller, mason hammond, mackenzie fay, betsy kane & micah weiss, miriam berne, patrick baranovskis, sadie anderson, sam kurzydlo, scott kallek, sessy nyman, seth andrew bearman, sofia jensen, stuart mckean, taran clammer, tess pretty, thomas wee, and you.
released January 13, 2017
cover art by asher white.
all lyrics by noah roth.
all songs engineered by noah roth except track 10 engineered by asher white.
arranged, mixed, and mastered by noah roth & asher white.
all songs recorded from september-december 2016 in pike, new hampshire and evanston, illinois except track 4 partially recorded may 2016 in chicago, illinois and track 11 recorded april 2016 in evanston, illinois.
track 5 contains elements of "take five" by dave brubeck, and other field recordings dating back to 2013.
track 7 written by noah roth and seth andrew bearman.
noah roth - vocals (all), acoustic guitars (1-3, 6, 7, 9, 10), electric guitars (1-9, 11), bass guitar (1-8, 10) keyboards (1-8), drums (1-4, 6-9), controlled feedback/noise (5-7, 10), hand percussion (3, 9), sequencing (5), field recordings (5), piano (9), harmonica (10)
asher white - additional mixing/embellishment (all), keyboards (2, 10), piano (1, 3), hand percussion (1, 10), drums (1, 10), controlled feedback/noise (5,6)
kip macsai-goren - cello (1, 9)
sam garry - piano (5)
evynne stitely - piano (5)
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