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Dear Nora

Three States: Rarities 1997 - 2007


Released: 13th January 2021

3xLP box£67.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched on Monday.

Originally released on Magic Marker Records as a double CD in 2008, Dear Nora's Three States: Rarities 1997-2007 is now available on vinyl for the first time. This limited edition box set features 60 tracks (including three bonus tracks) spread across three (3) 160 gram virgin black vinyl LPs in black, poly-lined innersleeves, plus a download card & an 8-page, full-color booklet full of archival photos & detailed track notes, all packaged in a heavyweight, full-color, lidded box. Three States is Orindal Records' most ambitious release to date!

Dear Nora's Katy Davidson explains:

It’s summer and it’s blazing hot. I just got laid off from my job and I feel lost in time. I’m worried about climate change, and the future feels wildly uncertain. The president is a complete idiot, to say the very least. The year is 2008.

I’m in a small apartment in Southern California with no air conditioning, listening through ten years of master cassette tapes of recordings I’ve made. We are in the midst of a global financial crisis and I am collecting unemployment. The theater at a mall in downtown Long Beach shows movies for $5 on weekdays, which is one of the only luxuries I can afford. I just saw WALL-E and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

I quit Dear Nora in February after touring in Florida with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. I am disillusioned with music and searching for meaning. I have goals, but they feel so difficult to achieve.

My record label and I decided it would be cool for me to create a compilation of all the random songs I’ve released through various outlets, plus the abundance of songs and sketches I'd recorded and not yet released anywhere.

It gives me purpose, temporarily. Tripping out on the songs recorded by a younger version of me. Mixing on headphones, from tape to GarageBand. Sequencing the trajectory of my early 20-somethings, chronologically.

Not sure how I'll deliver the files to mastering – probably burn everything to a CDR and send it via USPS. There's so much material that we decide to release a double compact disc. I call it Three States: Rarities 1997-2007.

“Three States” because of how deeply I’ve been inspired by living in Arizona, Oregon, and California. The wide-open west. Freeways like fiber-optic cables: fast connections. The glow of a Taco Bell in an I-5 travel center. Oceanside cliffs, towering wildfires, and the sopping wet, psychedelic moss of the hinterlands. Jagged horizon lines. Sunsets and expanses of wilderness nearly beyond comprehension. Suburbs that swallow you.

“Three States” also because of emotions, psychic apparatuses, states of mind/being. The rollercoaster ride of life. Peaks, valleys, plains. Joy, pain, grooviness. Id, ego, super ego. Birth, life, death.

The more things stay the same, the more they change....

- Katy Davidson
Joshua Tree, California, summer 2020