If you stay anywhere long enough, you'll inevitably see some changes. Even when you know that hometowns all across the country have been torn down and built up over and over again–just like yours, it doesn't make it feel any less personal. Tomo Nakayama and I both grew up here in the Seattle Area and have had a front row seat to the buildings and cranes sprouting in our skyline while we, like everyone else, find ways to stay in the city we love. When Tomo and I first started planning the release of Melonday, he sent me the album and the closing track really got me right in the gut. "There Goes the Neighborhood" is a pop song, but one that cuts deep into anyone feeling the uncertainty of progress and the future of home.
In the months of planning the record, we never once specifically talked about this song until I woke up one morning and told Tomo about my idea for the video. We were on the same page. This would also be our first real artistic collaboration. All the photos in the video were made from Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides of the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s to the 1970s that I've collected over time. Some belonged to my family and some once belonged to strangers that visited the Seattle World's Fair, Pioneer Square and rode the Monorail.
Longtime fans of Tomo Nakayama will hear the obvious stylistic departure from the folk albums you've gotten to know over the years, but the same voice and heart run through Melonday in the best way.
The record comes out April 7th, 2020 and Is available to purchase here.