LIFE HAPPENS was produced and released in Amanda's first year of motherhood. It is a compilation EP of sorts, pulled together from various unfinished projects and recordings in a recognition of, and offering that, "life happens", and sometimes we must simply give what we have.
The five tracks offer a beautiful cross-section of the variety of music that Amanda can create, supported by the skilled engineering of her multi-instrumentalist partner, Pete. "So Does Love" and "Anyone Could Do It Better" set a new standard for the levels of production and polish. Both "The Summer You Were Born" and "Habit" have since been made into visually and emotionally stunning videos, and "Before Electricity" offers a quirky and surprising commentary, slated also to soon become a music video.
This rich, multi-textured album has recently received updated album art featuring Amanda & Pete's son's artwork ~ and what could be more appropriate.
FROM THE LINER NOTES...
"Songs can be written anywhere - while washing the dishes, between gigs, folding laundry or changing diapers. But making a record takes a certain kind of time that I guess we haven't found much of in the last few years. I never expected these songs to be on an album together, but here they are, offering the vulnerability and strength of honesty: this is where we are now, this is what we have. Life happens, and here it is!"
~ with love & song, Amanda
May 2013, Felton, CA
to all the musicians, to everyone we've met on our travels these last five years and everyone who believes in our music;
to Syd for the photos, to Shivani for above and beyond;
to baby Solas for rockin' our world;
and to You, the most wonderful listener ~
may these songs bring you connection and joy
released June 1, 2013
AMANDA WEST vocals, harmonies & guitar
PETE SOLOMON soprano saxophone, piano, percussion, harmonies, electric appliances
BABY SOLAS fetal heartbeat & one month gurgles (track 1)
MATT BOHN upright bass (track 2)
BILLY KEMP bajo (track 2)
PETER YOUNG upright bass (track 3)
DANIEL VEE LEWIS electric bass (track 4)
MIKE SHANNON drums (track 4)
Recorded at Bear Creek Studios, Bonny Doon, CA
& Grandview Studios, Felton, CA
between the Springs of 2011 and 2013
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pete Coates
Produced by Pete Solomon & Amanda West
All songs written by Amanda between fall 2007 and 2012
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