Peter and I hoped that a clarinet melody with pedal steel accompaniment would create a beleaguered mood reminiscent of Jason's young, self-accompanied sound. All of the early songs feel like old friends to us and when 'Citadel' (the working titles were simple like 'Vanquisher', and 'Hayfoot') was suggested we both knew it was a great choice. The measured harmony and jauntily-articulated melody is classic Songs:Ohia. The lyrics are devastating and evocative of the timeless, veristic Americana that Jason conjured, simple and profound. We wanted to record an instrumental because the missing voice hasn't fully sunk in. We rehearsed once in Peter's kitchen, played the arrangement at Jason's memorial and recorded this take soon after.
Eoin Russell 04/04/14
Peter and Eoin appeared on the original recording of this song with Jason in 1997.