I wrote the nine songs in this series during a six-month period when I was steeped in post-collegiate uncertainty (I still am). I made numerous moves: I temporarily lived in my friend’s apartment in upstate New York; I went on tour for a month with my band Free Cake for Every Creature; I lived in my parents’ house in New Jersey for two months; and I finally moved to Philadelphia. I’ve always moved around a lot, but during that time, the moving was more concentrated, and it took a toll on my mental health. Writing music helped me find a place within myself, and a semblance of mental stability, when my physical surroundings were constantly changing. It helped me take a step back from my life, so that even while I was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, I was able to look at my situation from a distance and with perspective, and see that this period of transition was temporary, an inevitable part of growin’ up, and exciting, even. The songs partially reflect the “I feel fucked right now” mentality I often submitted to, but I hope they also communicate my excitement, my love for my supportive friends and partner, and my belief in the strangeness and good in the world. —Katie Bennett
Lately I’ve been in a spot that’s similar to what Katie just described: I’ve been making things to find stability within myself when everything else seems to be rocking all around me. I think all Young People sometimes find themselves in this situation, and as a Young Person (which Katie is, and you probably are), I wanted to start a conversation. Collaboration is the most exciting thing in the world to me. I won’t stake any claim to Katie’s experience, because that’s HERS and hers alone, but making the drawings that accompany these songs was my way of relating, and creating something of my own in response to the worlds she created. —Allyssa
Katie Bennett writes songs as Free Cake for Every Creature and lives in Philadelphia with her friends and bandmates. When she’s not playing or attending shows, she likes to bake vegan muffins, read comix by Lynda Barry, and watch reality TV. She tweets @katie_p_bennett.