Best known for his work in Backyard Tire Fire, Edward David Anderson will be releasing his debut solo effort, LIes and Wishes through Royal Potato Family on April 29. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, the material on the album is a deeply personal effort heavily informed by the breakup of his band, his mother’s death and getting older; so many of the songs naturally embrace vulnerability and are based on themes of love, loss and regret that increasingly become a part of our lives as we get older.
“I’ll tell you all my lies and wishes/All my dirty dishes become clean,” Anderson sings at the refrain of “Lies and Wishes,” the album title track and first single, with the vulnerability and honesty of those who have lived full and messy lives and want to connect with someone on a deeply truthful level. Of course, in life lucky and rare are those who find a truly meaningful honest connection.
The song has a sparse arrangement of acoustic guitar, electric guitars and some swirling electronics and a simple but very pretty melody that manages to be unfussy and unpretentious. There’s enough space for Anderson’s pleasant and unfussy vocals to really shine. In any case, it’s a song that made a very profound connection on me – in some way, it felt as though it were speaking directly to me about my own life, and I think you’ll notice the same sensation.