"Lee arrived to our office around 3pm. After checking out the rooftop situation, he decided he would prefer to record indoors in our cavernous, converted power-plant of an office. I had never met Lee Ranaldo in person, though we had corresponded over email in the past (he was on our 2015 Flexi Series, and also contributed some nice words to the Half Japanese promo sticker and video.) Lee decided to record the song "Circular (Right as Rain)", which he informed me was to be released on his upcoming (but at this time, unannounced) album on Mute Records.
Laying down the acoustic guitar and vocals in live takes, Lee first layered vocals, then percussion, then electric guitar, and even broke out my wife's out-of-tune childhood piano. I haven't yet heard the album version of "Circular (Right as Rain)", but Lee describes this version as "a more stripped down version." It's an incredible song, and seeing this guy work in person, it's obvious why he will go down in history as one of the great artists of our time." – Karl Hofstetter
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