In February 2017, Twin Peaks took Post Animal on a short tour of Michigan. Within a month, and on the tails of their budding friendships, Cadien James of Twin Peaks moved into a home with all five members of Post Animal: Dalton Allison, Jake Hirshland, Javi Reyes, Matt Williams, and Wes Toledo.
Now roommates, Cadien and Javi wrote songs together, experimenting with open tunings and finger picking in ways neither had in their other bands, channeling John Fahey and Nick Drake through a lens more familiar to them. They quickly recorded a few instrumentals on a 50s’ portable reel to reel tape machine, with Wes playing drums, Matt playing bass, Jake playing synthesizer and guitar, and Dalton triggering nature sounds. And so Column was born.
But while touring and recording continued for their other projects, Column sat waiting, oft discussed but still unfinished for nearly two years. Then, in January of 2019, the words were written and tracked swiftly. The songs were mixed with the assistance of good friend R. Andrew Humphrey and with that, “I” & “II,” Column’s debut 7″, was finally complete.