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In February of 2013, Daniel Pujol set out to write and record the follow-up to his debut album, 2012's United States of Being. Pujol and producer Doni Shroader set up shop in Mt. Juliet, TN at The Place: a suicide-prevention center for teens located in a strip mall.
They used largely borrowed and donated gear, recording every day from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m., all the while breaking down and setting up the temporary studio every day between office hours. Mixing took place during the building of Battletapes, a two car garage that was in the midst of being converted into an acoustically treated, professional grade tracking room; building permit, construction workers, and all.
Following four months of vampiric living and working around conflicting schedules/eccentricities (the band, the engineers, the sun), Daniel, Doni, and Battletapes had finished the album they had been working towards. Recording and mixing happened in a "non-location" where things were being built or set up, in order to work on the album, working around the obstacles the location presented.
In short: Puj kludged KLUDGE. A kludge is: "A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem."
KLUDGE idiosyncratically captures life as it exists in our weird almost future world of flying robots, cancer from food, cell phone wire taps, metadata, $7.25ish minimum wage and $15.50 an hour endless choice buffets.
Yet, the album possesses that inherent sense of timelessness that exists in all great music, thanks to its combination of addictive fetching rock 'n' roll and Daniel Pujol's lyrical brilliance. The end result is more Malkmus than MacGyver, and proves yet again that Daniel Pujol is, first and foremost, a songwriter.