The End of the Year is a body of songs that took years to come together. The songs were written over a relatively long period of time, and were recorded at different times throughout that period. This, one would think, would impart an incohesive quality on the album and its flow. However, this is not the case. The songs all seem to share a common thread of some sort. This thread keeps them tightly bound together, almost like a family, as an inseparable unit.
The album grew slowly out of a mixture of events, mainly the formation of a new friendship between two musicians living in the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as the Killington area of Vermont. As a recording project, it was a first for Tim Haufe, in that it became a closely shared effort with musician and producer, Julian DeFelice. Whereas all previous Tim Haufe albums had been engineered solely by Tim, this new and crucial partnership would form for the making of The End of the Year. The two artists worked together as a unit, much like the songs on the album, both filling very different yet necessary roles as creative forces. Tim conceived the music and its message, and Julian created the music's unique delivery and presentation.
The End of the Year sessions comprised of many long nights, odd schedules, and unusual circumstances. For example, many of the songs were recorded in Tim's bedroom on the first floor of the lively duplex he was living in, while above on the second floor, a party was often in full swing. To get to the drumset, one would have to first climb over the bed. The household dog had developed a keen sense of the comings and goings of people through the front door, which was directly across the hall from the bedroom, and would bark frequently as a result, often interrupting recording takes. Without a grandiose budget, the two creators of The End of the Year worked as best as they could with the tools that they had, and worked around the obstacles presented to them with grace.
The resulting musical work is a beautiful, open, raw, and honest album that strives to strip away at the surface of things, in both its message and musical arrangements. The album is a journey through not just a year, or two, or three year's worth of time. Rather, it is a journey through an experience punctuated by an unavoidable deadline. That deadline is governed by the unfailing and unquestionable force of time. The songs question the makeup of that experience, and they worship the sentimentality and meanings associated with the passing of that experience.
The End of the Year is truly a joy to listen to. It covers many styles, moods, and emotions. There is a strong jazz element, but not a cute one. An edge, and a new sense of rawness is in the music. Tim Haufe goes deeper into darker places for this album. The vulnerable character that was discussed as being a presence in Downstairs (2008) is still present in The End of the Year. You'll just have to hear it for yourself.
Senior Editor for the Shankar Times,
released November 3, 2012
Produced by Tim Haufe and Julian DeFelice
All songs written and arranged by Tim Haufe
Tim Haufe: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Organ, Mandolin, Drums, Percussion
Julian DeFelice: Piano/Keyboards on My New Apartment/Our Swim/Ghosts and Secrets/I Did Remain; Organ on Hot Tub Party; Percussion on Over My Body(And Down Into My Core)
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Julian DeFelice
This album was recorded from June 2010 to June 2011 in Vermont. The first sessions took place at Latzky's house in Mendon in June when Hot Tub Party, Our Swim, Floating On the Breeze, and Last Leaf Blues were recorded. 'Till the End of the Year was recorded at Julian's apartment in Rutland sometime that following fall, and the remaining tunes were recorded at Tim's apartment (Brown Town) in Killington throughout that winter. I Did Remain and Stand Up and Say It were recorded late that following June.
Photography and concept by Jaklyn Van Manen
Design by Tim Haufe
Tim would very much like to thank:
Julian DeFelice for his incredible and generous amount of hard work, creativity, and care; Dan Armstrong for constantly lending his bass; Colin Kelly, Marc Latzky, and Chazz Canney for lending their equipment; Chris Bell for putting up with the noise despite his sleep-deprived work schedule; Tom Harris for lending his bass; Jaklyn Van Manen for taking lots of pictures; Tim's family for, well, being great; and all of these people for their support.
“Tim has all the qualities one looks for in a live performance: He is in tune with the elasticity of the crowd. I could feel myself being drawn closer and closer to the music as the song went on.” -Daniel Dissinger, InStereoPress
What's going to happen to me?
Am I going to go off to the deep end?
Will the broken song mislead me?
'Cause I no longer can pretend
Are you going to love me forever,
Or just 'till the end of the year?
Am I going to be left lonely,
While you forget and follow your path so clear?
Words are like tools, you see
Meant to love or to deceive
And love is like a fading chord
Like time, as it passes through me
I didn't want to be tied down
I didn't want to be found
But my flaws burst out and were thrown around
Like the love I let deceive me
By the love I let deceive me
Track Name: I Did Remain
Something might be wrong
I can't rest tonight
I feel I'm growing stronger
But still, something just don't feel right
And as time passes me by
And the fun loses its flame
I will remain
Lonely in your love
It's some old heartbreak
That's what I'm frightened of
And when no one's got the time
And all alone, you lose your mind
I will remain
Well, I tried so hard
And I've walked so far
How can a person get the real kind of mood?
Can I trust you, friend
Not to break me down?
And lover, if you gonna take me
Then you'd better take me right
So I will remain
For so long
I haven't felt safe
Everyone was a stranger
Just waiting to take
My ground, what I had found
What was mine, but all the time
I did remain
I did remain
I did remain