Sawtooth Monk is the solo project of Travis X. Abbott.
Regarding Peregrination, Travis states:
During the tempestuous year of 2020, I, like many people, found myself locked in my house for extensive periods of time. Live music was something that was put on hold for the foreseeable future. Many bands, musicians, studios and venues struggled to stay afloat and survive during the shutdowns – and many didn’t make it. Loneliness, longing, isolation, separation and loss were feelings that we all became much more intimately acquainted with.
I had already known such feelings intimately, so admittedly, I benefitted from my familiarity with them. The trick is (and always has been) finding ways to use such feelings to create something that’s cathartic and healing.
I did the only thing that I really knew I could do during this time: obsess with home recording. Getting to spend quality time doing one of the things I’ve always loved most became great therapy, especially while trying to navigate the dark seas of an increasingly uncertain future.
Sawtooth Monk started as a project that was intended to eliminate anything I could hide behind. It was challenging for me to have nothing but an acoustic guitar and my own voice to work with. But the more I did it, the more I accepted my own flaws.
However, for this album, I permitted myself to fully embrace the art of home recording, and allowed myself to use any instrument I could get my hands on. This was not something that I ever intended to do with this project, but 2020 played tricks with my mind.
Thus, I’m unsure if any of these songs will ever be performed with a band live, as that certainly is not my intent with releasing this music. This album was made to be listened to. 2020 made me a better listener, and my intent is to pass on this gift.
All songs & lyrics written by Travis X. Abbott. All instruments (guitars, vocals, bass, synths, keys, percussion & drum programming) performed, recorded and mixed by Travis X. Abbott at home (aka The Hawk’s Nest), Boise, Idaho.
Mastered by Tad Doyle at Witch Ape Studio – Skyway Audio, Seattle, Washington.
Order from Sawtooth Monk on limited edition compact disc. Digital download also available.