Christian Lee Hutson — „Quitters“ (April 1, 2022)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Album release: April 1, 2022
Record Label: Anti–
01. Strawberry Lemonade 4:25
02. Endangered Birds 3:57
03. Rubberneckers 3:29
04. Sitting Up With A Sick Friend 3:20
05. Age Difference 5:07
06. Blank Check 4:32
07. Cherry 3:33
08. State Bird 2:50
09. Teddy’s Song 3:41
10. Black Cat 2:48
11. Creature Feature 3:51
12. OCDemon 2:30
13. Triple Axel 2:29
↵ Produced by Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst
↵ Engineered & Mixed by Joseph Lorge
↵ “Rubberneckers” mixed by Mike Mogis
↵ Assistant Engineer Tyler Karmen
↵ Mastered by Patricia Sullivan
↵ Artwork & design by Robert Beatty
↵ Thanks to Phoebe, Conor, Sharon, Joseph, Darin, Kelly, Andy, Tony, Jasmine, Adam Sniezek, Michael Delaney, my friends and family for helping me through this one. It could not have happened without you. I love you all so much.
Special thanks to Scott McClanahan for writing The Sarah Book, which was a huge inspiration for these songs.
↵ Christian Lee Hutson starts his new album Quitters with a laugh. In this follow up to his ANTI records debut, Beginners, Hutson moves away from the focus on growing up to the dread and complications of growing older. The laugh that announces Quitters is the kind you’ll find at the end of John Huston films, one of resignation and release, and somehow a cosmic laugh that says “California,” a place where lonely people gather together like birds.
↵ Across Quitters’ 13 tracks, Hutson crafts this portrait of the place he’s from. In these short story~like songs, Hutson presents characters who carry this golden light and sinister geography inside them. It’s a place where everything in the end gets blown away and paved over with something new, where even the ocean and fires are always whispering, “One day we’ll take it all back.” This is a Los Angeles in constant transition, where childhood is lost, where home is gone and can never be visited again. Yet Hutson’s world is also one of happy accidents, where doors are left open on purpose, hoping that someone new will walk through. In the end, what’s left are these songs created by some future spirit, written to comfort the person we are now.
↵ Produced by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, Quitters is also a departure from the digital recording of his debut. Hutson stated, “When we made Beginners the aim was to make simple digital recordings of how I would play the songs in the room. With this record, Phoebe and Conor had an idea that it would be fun to make it to tape. Phoebe is my best friend and making Beginners with her was so comfortable and easy. So I wanted to work with her again.” “I took a long time with Beginners,” Hutson added. “I had those songs for 10 years, but these songs came out a lot faster.” Because the songs from Quitters were written in a shorter time, “there was a little bit of insecurity with the lyrics. Having Conor there served the purpose of someone who I really respect as a lyricist and could soothe my anxiety.”