Eric Slick wants you to know that his upcoming debut solo release is not a breakup record. “It’s not a record about love or anything like that,” he says. “It’s an album about meditation, death, self-help, dream therapy, tarot and mysticism.”
Slick is probably best known as the drummer for Pennsylvania rock band, Dr. Dog (since 2010) — as well as the drummer for Adrian Belew of King Crimson and as co-leader of the Philly band, Lithuania. His upcoming solo debut however, sees the musician stepping out from behind the kit. The record was penned over the course of 2014, when Slick decided to leave his native Philadelphia for the first time and move to Asheville, North Carolina. He practiced meditation and Jungian dream therapy as a form of reinvention — and to write his own songs, which all sprung from these intense periods of meditation. Slick specifically found inspiration in the works of writer/actor Spalding Gray, especially his 1992 book Impossible Vacation, which details, well, the impossibility of searching for Zen. “I know it’s the funny trope: indie rock dude goes to the woods and makes an outsider record,” Slick says. “But it was a time of deep introspection and a fruitful period of my life. I wrote somewhere around 50 songs in 2014."