Tumblin’ came to me in the middle of a dream. In the dream, I was in the woods, where I stumbled upon none other than Evan Dando. He was playing a small acoustic ballad, and out came Tumblin’. When I woke up, I captured the idea in an app I wrote called Hum. His version sounded so much better.
After sharing with the band, they were eager to work on even the smallest snippet of the idea. After making sure it wasn’t actually an Evan Dando song, we workshopped it in our practice space and had a working draft of the song. We play at full volume, so the recording’s a little gnarly.
We then recorded a full demo in my home studio, to make sure all the parts are working together in harmony in a higher-quality setting.
I shared this demo with Andy Thompson, an amazing producer in town who often collaborates with Jeremy Messersmith. We’d gotten coffee some morning to talk about Hum and music in general. Soon after, we booked a session at The Hideaway in Minneapolis. Andy convinced us to record the song live. Just the 5 of us in a room playing the song with a million mics. He also added incredible production flourishes. The string breakdown was totally his idea. It’s amazing.
Toward the end of recording Tumblin’, Andy suggested we include a woman’s voice, since pronouns were bouncing back and forth. I emailed Kerry of Bad Bad Hats, whom I’d met by doing a small video vignette on her for Hum. Kerry sings beautiful harmonies on the song.