.Track 2 - Shrine (ft. @freyaridings)
this is one of the oldest songs on the album, I made the initial demo idea back in 2015. i had been playing the instrumental in my festivals sets and it always felt special to me but i knew it needed a voice to give it some character. Freya has this deep, powerful voice that ended up being a perfect foil to the production which is a bit brighter
.Track 14 - Rainer
i remember writing this on a rainy afternoon.. maybe it’s because of how rarely it rains in LA, but something about the dark skies and ambient sounds of rainfall always inspires me. i was thinking about one of the last scenes in Interstellar .. what it would feel like to fall through space, surrounded by total stillness until the moment you break into the atmosphere, and all the sounds emerge into chaos
.Track 13 - UCLA (ft. @24hrs)
i wrote the demo for this one on guitar with my friend Dan Nigro. as i produced it out, i wanted to keep that organic guitar/rock/pop punk feel, but try and have it still fit the vibe of NOVA. i linked with 24 a couple years ago and have been passing ideas back and forth since. i had a vocal from him that was weirdly working perfectly over this guitar demo.. from there, i was stuck on it for a while and decided to set it aside for a couple months.. i decided to revisit it right before turning the album in and knew exactly how i wanted to finish it up. i love that the inspirations for this song span over a variety of genres (rock/rap/dance/etc)but are all tied up into one song. also, i grew up down the street from UCLA, and loved the idea of having a hometown reference on the album.