On the 30th of October, I met with Caithlin De Marrais and her friends at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, which happens to be the same church where Sufjan Stevens recorded piano parts of his album, Illinois, and Caithlin recorded parts of her newest, My Magic City. She wanted to play a few songs with her friends at the church, and Kyle Fischer, who previously played in Rainer Maria with Caithlin and William Kuehn, got us the space to ourselves. They ended up playing for over an hour, and probably continued to do so after I left. For “Carefully”, the very last song I taped, Josh Kaufman gave in to the temptation of unlocking the gigantic, gorgeous church organ, which came alive like a fabulous beast. Also present was Seb Leon, who did a Bowie-esque duet with Caithlin on her song “Outer Space Is Still Sexy”.
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“Outer Space Is Still Sexy”