Track Premiere: Hospital Ships Deliver a Haunted Ethereal Anxiety in ‘You and I’

Imagine a time traveler gone awry, stuck in a blur of ages, watching the world live, die and cycle endlessly with only the sounds of Sigur Ros and The Flaming Lips to keep him company. This is the sensation of Crave’s latest track premiere, the latest offering from Hospital Ships in anticipation of their new LP The Past Is Not a Flood

The Kansas-based project is driven by nucleus Jordan Geiger – he of a kaleidoscope of projects including Shearwater, The Appleseed Cast, and Des Ark. Geiger has teamed up with longtime collaborator Thor Harris of Swans for this collection, produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, etc) and due out March 11 on Graveface.

“You and I” is the sound of anxious energy to me,” Jordan tells Crave. “It’s a little sing-songy, a little bittersweet, and fully repetitious. The original demo of this idea was put down on my Grandma’s piano in North Lawrence, Kansas a few years ago.  The basic tracks (piano, dulcimer, vibraphone, electric piano, upright bass) were all tracked live in a beautiful wood-paneled room at Halversonics in Austin. Thor Harris’ contribution to this track was two takes of pounding on the largest marimba I’ve ever seen, one that he built and which lives at the studio.  This is my current favorite song to play live because, within the limitation of such strict limitation, the song can go lots of interesting places.” 

After hearing the track, it’s not hard to understand why. Check out “You and I,” premiered exclusively on Crave:

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