Today This Year
For his debut record "Today This Year", Keenan sought the help of Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson) to track at legendary Avatar Studios in New York City. The album was recorded live by a 9-piece band in Studio B, where Candiloro focused Keenan's sprawling arrangements into a warm, bubbling mixture. Harnessing Keenan's vocal acrobatics the record is bursting at the seams with layers of sound. There is a tinge of an electronic pulse, as many of the arrangements began as synthesized loops. The words are personal accounts balanced between the mournful and triumphant, simple in delivery but rife with elaborate depiction of the songwriter's 'fascinating abstractions'.