When Tutmarc originally closed the door on Dolour, he left behind hundreds of unfinished songs, and hadn’t listened to that material since. One night he decided to dig through those archives and see what was there. “I was truly taken aback. They had so much vitality and life to them, and it helped me realize all the twists and turns in my musical journey were more connected than I thought. I didn’t want to turn my back on any part of my journey anymore.”
“The Royal We” is a sly reference to Tutmarc writing, producing and performing the entire album himself. The lone featured guest arrived with the wistful voice of Luella who shares the mic with Tutmarc on the bossa-nova flavored, Wake Up The Sun.
What Tutmarc ended up with is as a fresh take on a style he started crafting in his late teens, without any pandering or cheap nostalgia. The album is home to some of the most timeless melodies and arrangements Tutmarc has ever produced. The answer is clear when Tutmarc sings in the album closer, You and Me, “Could this be what they call destiny.”
- Diane Nguyen