Road to Heaven

by Thedeadtongues

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Written, performed, and mixed by Ryan Gustafson
Mastered by Brian Joseph

"I recorded “Road To Heaven" in a 9'x12' cabin in Asheville NC. It also happens to be the same space that I currently sleep and eat in. I initially wrote most of this song five years ago or so. Since then, I've recorded it at least four times in various studios with the intention of including it on albums, but it always felt unfinished, or lacking in some way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Over the years I found myself adjusting it, adding a chorus here and there, trying it on different instruments, tunings, finger picking, flat picking, the list goes on. I don’t quite know why, but i couldn’t ever just let it go–not out into the world as it was nor let it rest in some forgotten place within my notebooks and hard drives. It has always stuck with me and poked at me to try and chase it. The irony of the song's topic, and its haunting, is not lost on me. About 4 months ago I was deeply immersed in writing for the first time in a little while, and I sat down to reimagine this song and allow myself to feel it in a way I had yet to. After about ten minutes or so I had this recording, then added a little bass and synth minutes after that. It was never intended to be anything other than a demo for myself to reference and it was maybe the second time I had ever played and sang it this way. But, I believe this performance to be the actual moment I finally fell into the songs true form. I felt no desire bend it, or push it in any deliberate direction–I just sat with it. It was nothing other then a simple and intimate moment with a couple microphones and I can’t imagine a more appropriate way for this song to exist in a recorded format. So when the time came to choose a single to release, once again I felt myself poked by this little tune, however this time not to chase it, but to let it go, and let it be." - Jan 25th, 2019


released January 31, 2019


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