Writing these songs was a process of creating talismans little prayers and visions from within the constant flux of pain, healing, and discovery that I could return to for perspective and share with those in need. Buck MeekProducer and engineer Andrew Sarlo (who produced the first four Big Thief LPs, all of Nick Hakims LPs, and contributed as a co-producer on Bon Ivers i,i ) agreed to record Buck Meeks second full length LP, Two Saviors, under his conditions that they make the album in New Orleans during the hottest part of the year, spend no more than seven days tracking, all live on an 8-track tape machine with only dynamic microphones and no headphones, not allowing the players to hear back any takes until the final day. The band, featuring Adam Brisbin (guitar), Mat Davidson (bass, pedal steel, fiddle), Austin Vaughn (drums), and Bucks brother Dylan Meek (piano, organ), set up in a Victorian house one block from the Mississippi River and worked within these limitations, encouraging every recording to be imbued with the living, intuitive, and human energy of a first take. According to Mat Davidson (of Twain / bass, pedal steel, fiddle, & vocals on Two Saviors):The first word on Buck Meeks new record, Two Saviors, is pareidolia. It is a word about recognizing shapes where none were intended to exist like searching for images in the clouds. It is an uncommon word, with a beautiful sound, and serves as an apt guide through these new songs of Bucks, which are themselves uncommon and beautiful, and which invite a deep, cloud-gaze state of attention. The record was made in Louisiana, but it is important to start with Texas. It is the hidden point of dilation that makes all of these songs cohere, gel, carbonate. Think about the Texas flag; one red stripe, one white stripe, a field of blue and the lone star the base unit of the American formula. We made this album in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans during the summertime, and it was hot, and the house we recorded in was a mansion, and it was on the corner of Royal and Desire. Paradoxical terms. Maybe contradictory. Trying to conjure an example of Royal Desire makes me nervous. It is the first image one sees in the cloud, the most obvious one, and seems to say something meaningful about the music. Though, maybe it is just distracting from the deeper picture.There is almost no room for certainty on this album, which I consider a triumph. Also, I have yet to find a straight line or a right angle in the whole thing. Everyone who was involved in making it are at points on their respective paths where much is Known and skill-confidence is granted. Everyone knows how to play and still we were able to get very uncomfortable. And fragile. I think that Bucks songs allowed us to go there, to get confused, get lost, get distracted by the weirdness of the stories.