In April, Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick released his debut solo album, Palisades, via Egghunt. It’s a melodic and earthy record that’s not worlds apart from the music he makes with the Philadelphia band, though it’s certainly a unique entity unto itself. He balances moving folk-rock songs with mesmerizing instrumentals, like the almost John Fahey-like “Release.” Slick was generous enough to make Treble a guest playlist of songs that soundtracked his own life as he was working on the album. Listen to the playlist below, and read Eric’s commentary on the playlist:
“I wrote my record Palisades throughout the duration of 2014. It was a creative and fertile time for me. I had about an acre of land that overlooked the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was a block away from the French Broad River. I had several feral cats that I fed. I watched black bears rub up against the car in the driveway and pick through my trash. I had a pond and I installed a filtration system. Frogs would come and keep me up at night, but I didn’t mind. I taught myself how to cook and clean and take care of myself. I meditated twice daily. I studied dream therapy, got hypnotized, and floated in sensory deprivation tanks. These songs were my soundtrack to a blissful year of growth. I’m indebted to them.”
Eric Slick’s Palisades is out now. Watch the video for “The Dirge” below.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.