Around the Winter 2007, Alex Poska began accumulating solo material, outside of The Paper Orchestra, which eventually came to fruition with Carrie Muller in the form of Your Yellow Dress. After a short tour through California the duo expanded to a trio with the horns of Tim Rottenberg until Carrie moved to Ohio. Before she moved, Your Yellow Dress recruited a number of helpers to lay tracks down for their debut album Songs for the Backseat.
The album was recorded in a hurry as spring became summer and the duo graduated from Mission Viejo High School. In late June 2008 Carried packed up and moved with her family to Ohio. Alex finished what was left of the 13 tracks subtly orchestrating the folksy twee pop with violins, ukuleles, didjeridoos, horns and cellos played by various friends and family. The album is more or less a compilation of various songs written from 2007 to 2008 by Alex and Carrie, separately and collaboratively. The album does hold a special place in their relationship, showcasing some of the most heartmelting and sunshining DIY music you ever heard.
Opening with a loop on a harp-mandolin, the album plinks and plunks its way through mediations on baritone ukulele, drones on didjeridoos, boy-girl harmonies and gleeful glissandos. A couple of covers made their way onto the album including the classic "Till There Was You" from The Music Man, as well as "Happyships" by friends Watercolor Paintings. There is a veritable variety of ukuleles, banjos, banjoleles, mandolins, banjolins, slide guitars, hollow body guitars, glockenspiels, violins, cellos, trumpets, baritones, mellophones and an army of percussion instruments that gives the albums its glorious folksy twee pop sound, sure to charm any soul.
The album was finished in July of 2008, packaged in slipcases featuring a sleeve with the photo above. Collaborating with cellist and photographer Josh Chang, a late-night photo shoot of Alex’s car was arranged. After painting the back window of the soon-to-be-sold Jeep Grand Cherokee, a long exposure photo was set up. Editing late into the night, they erased the license plate, replacing the numbers and letters with “by:” as well as the registration month/year to the albums release month, and gave the car a good washing. A few handmade copies were sold at the some local shows played by Alex and Tim in Southern California as well as Alex and Carrie in Ohio during the summer of 2008.
Pacific Nature Recording Catalog Number #7
released July 1, 2008
1. Song For the Backseat
Alex: harp-mandolin, guitar, glockenspiel, baritone ukulele, ukulele, vocals
2. Everlasting Thing
Alex: banjolele, glockenspiel, baritone ukulele, violin, vocals, knee pats, bathroom sink
Carrie: vocals, knee pats
3. Lullabye For the Restless
Alex: batirone ukulele, electric guitar, vocals
Carrie: vocals, lyrics
David Roberts: Didjeridoo
4. Till There Was You
Alex: acoustic guitar, ukulele, vocals
5. Uke Instrumental
Alex: ukuleles, baritone ukuleles, tambourine, acoustic guitar, handclaps, vibra-slap
6. Let’s Go!
Alex: ukuleles, guitar-bass, tambourine, vocals
Lyrics by girl named Kim from San Francisco, edited by Alex and Carrie
Alex: ukuleles, electric guitar, slide guitar, guiro, woodblock, shaker
8. Major Chords (Happyships)
Alex: baritone ukulele, acoustic and electric guitar, tambourine, guiro, woodblock, vocals
Carrie: ukulele, vocals, lyrics
10. Your Song (Carrie!)
Alex: baritone ukulele, glockenspiel, kick drum, tambourine, vocals
11. Singing Over a Sunset Pt 1 and 2
Alex: acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, guiro, shaker, banjolin, vocals
12. Save Your Sunday
Alex: spanish guitar, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, drums,
Alex: acoustic and electric guitars, drums, glockenspiel, guitar-bass, vocals, beatboxing
Carrie: vocals, psychedelic vocals
Ryan Poska: trumpet
Josh Chang: cello, psychedelic cello