1 The Valley
2 The War
3 The Badlands
"The idea for the album came about through the last record I did, The Parallel," says Mild Maynyrd. "I wanted to tell a story with that album, a kind-of Depression-era trek through my homeland, eventually ending in St. Paul along the Mississippi River. I wrote a piece of flash-fiction for the release, embedding the song titles into it, as a companion piece to the album. The idea was you would listen and casually read along to get this imagery in your head so the album told somewhat of a story. I don't know if I succeeded. Ha.
When I started thinking about my next record I wanted to take that idea to its furthest possible limits: to make a record with a narrative arc and a story itself, without the supplementation of written word. I started looking into storytelling. At some point I stumbled upon a page about dramatic structure on some college's website. And it clicked: three-part dramatic structure adapted to musical form. Adapted to the album. While brainstorming how to do that I figured I needed something with A) a whole ton of material to get the exact quotes I want, and B) something that has enough of a percentage of public-domain material. The Western thing seemed to fit perfectly (although I toyed with the idea of a Noir). Not only that, but it would be very surreal to make a Western themed Electronic album, and unique. So I went with it. I drafted a rough outline of a story while starting on the music itself. I cherry picked any movies I thought I could use based on their plot synopses. Then I dubbed and dubbed and dubbed.
I had a file in my production program littered with quotes. When the music was all done (I tried to make it clear to myself the music was still the most important part) I went through and put them into the tracks. I'm not sure the narrative turned out to be as clear as I'd thought in my head. But it's certainly there."