Hey Friends:

If someone had told me back in January that I would be covering a 7-minute Modest Mouse song by year's end, and that this cover would be one of the best things I made in 2014, I would have called that person crazy.

But here I am, excited to announce one final release of the year—a four-song EP from City States called Relief And Scale—available for free download Tuesday December 2nd. Featuring interpretations of songs by Modest Mouse, Split Enz, Hum, and Nick Drake, the individual selections were made by contributors to the Geography Indiegogo campaign from earlier this year. There's a wide range of styles represented here, and I think they turned out great, if I do say so myself. Tracklist:

1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine (Modest Mouse)
2. One Step Ahead (Split Enz)
3. Little Dipper (Hum)
4. Northern Sky (Nick Drake)

Stay tuned in the coming months—I'll be announcing some non-City States side project releases for next year, and I can't wait to tell you about them. Until then,

Joel / City States