One of my favorite new projects this year, if not my absolute favorite, is Teen Daze. As I've said before, his songs seem to create entirely new worlds for me to live in, and I couldn't be more thankful that such a wonderful artist exists. He recently sent over word on one of his side projects called Two Bicycles. Here's the somewhat heart-wrenching story of The Holy Forest:Stream/Purchase :: Two Bicycles - The Holy Forest
Behind my parent’s house was a mountainside forest that was full of wonder and inspiration. One afternoon some friends and I were wandering around it when we came upon a huge clearing, almost 200 feet wide. The trees gave way to huge stalks of uncut grass, and a hidden cove, complete with a looming rock face. People had definitely discovered it before we had, what with the discarded car batteries and rusted out bed frames. Some people saw it as a dump; we saw an oasis. For that summer, this place became my escape. I’d go to the meadow to think, to take in the sun, and to go be imaginative. It instantly became a muse, inspiring me to write countless songs and other works.
Once the summer ended, and I left home to go back to school, my parents told me that the forest was being cut down to make way for a housing development. A total Fern Gully experience. I was saddened to think that a place of such mystery and wonder would be replaced with sheer efficiency and logic. People need places to live right? Perhaps, but at what cost.
So over the span of four months, I saw glimpses of what was once a beautiful place, turn into a pile of dirt. The album cover is a collage of a picture of the once full forest, and one of my friend Adam standing over the wasteland it became.
This record is the story of this forest, as told by the trees themselves.