Fresh Breath asks ‘How Did I Get Here?’ with their new album
The six-song EP is a reflection on band members KT and Josh’s relationship — from the early days when the couple first met, to their journey through COVID-imposed isolation.
This year’s previously-released lead single, “World Gone Crazy,” is an protest piece about social injustices and pandemic fatigue, whereas newly unveiled songs “You & Me” and the album’s title track, “How Did I Get Here,” land as sweetly tender and raw with revelation.
All in all, How Did I Get Here is proving to be the pair’s most revolutionary release yet.
“It’s no secret our world has changed,” Josh marveled, “and when you read through the track list of the album, it pretty much sums up what we went through in 2020.”
“It’s like the ‘World Gone Crazy,’ so we ‘Find Our Way Home,’ and worry there’s a ‘Rumour Going Round’ about ‘You & Me’…” KT added. “And then, when we reminisce about ‘When We First Met,’ it’s hard not to think: ‘How Did I Get Here?’”
“This wasn’t actually planned!” Josh insisted. “We organized the tracks for the first time like this and, as we listened to the album as a whole, the flow of songs just worked so well. It all seemed too good to be true, so we stuck with it!”
The husband-and-wife singing, songwriting duo combines Josh’s prowess on the guitar, bass, drums, harmonica and vocals with KT’s immersive, enveloping voice.
And their collective talents don’t stop there; KT also designed the artwork for How Did I Get Here.
“The idea behind the crows on the cover comes from the second track on the release and could be said to represent Josh and I,” she explained, referencing “Find Your Way Home.” “It’s a song about wondering what it would be like if you were on Earth as something other than human… A line in the song reads, ‘I’d rather be a crow, on the side of the road; Just picking at a carcass, minding cars as they go.’
“By adding the windmills, farm fields, and telephone poles, I also wanted to represent the reality of our rural setting since we stayed so close to home during this pandemic,” she added.
How Did I Get Here is available for digital download through Fresh Breath’s page on Bandcamp, as well as on Apple Music; physical copies are available pressed to vinyl. The release is a FACTOR-funded ‘Artist Development’ project and was produced by Sound Foundry Studios’ Brett Humber.
How Did I Get Here is available now.