Walks on the Beach – Adoption Tapes


Walks on the Beach - Adoption Tapes

Limited Edition Vinyl – 300 copies (100 clear, 200 black, List Price $18.00)
Cassette (100 copies, list price $5.00)
Digital Download
Catalog # SR-009
UPC: 630125756423
Release Date: June 16, 2015

“Adoption Tapes is more of a misty morning ramble on a deserted, desolate shore. DeCicca, (who last year gave us Understanding Land, one of 2014’s finest) provides muffled/muttered vocals which drift over disembodied guitar soundscapes that blend feedback with fractured-but-lovely melodies. It’s hard to know exactly what to compare it to (Jandek making an album for the Kranky label?), but it all works very nicely.”

“… these gravitational pieces are truly masterful songs in their own right. Each track establishes a distinct, committed mood and never abandons it, in the process creating a sound world that you can’t escape – nor will you want to – once your ears have let you enter.”

“… it constantly strains and tears attempts to formalize it into some genre or another. That is, however, only a part of what makes this album so interesting in the first place, and it is an experimental treat in every way, all the way through.”

“This is one of those releases that can repeat several times over before a blissed-out, entranced listener would catch on; it’s a totally cool near-ambient dreamscape and the world would be better for more work like this seeing the light of day.”



  • Walks on the Beach is a collaboration between Jerry David DeCicca and Mike Shiflet
  • Individually, their past projects have seen high praise from NPR, Pitchfork, MOJO, Still Single, Aquarium Drunkard, Tiny Mix Tapes, Uncut, Magnet, Spin, and many more.
  • Their previous albums have been released on Type, Misra, Ecstatic Peace, Bloodshot, St. Ives, and Under the Spire.

Walks on the Beach. Sandcastles washing away at high tide, an orange sky reflected on the water. Um, not exactly.

Jerry David DeCicca. Songsmith and voice of The Black Swans. Producer of Larry Jon Wilson and Ed Askew.

Mike Shiflet. Oscillator, feedback generator. Burning Star Core. Sword Heaven. etc.

Ohio. The lake, the river, the other river. David Allen Coe. Albert Ayler. etc.

2002. DeCicca and Shiflet spent four hours together on first meeting in a Ford Taurus for a shared bill: The Black Swans, Mike Shiflet, and 26 other artists in a sandwich shop/sauna. The gig was so horrible not a note was played between them and DeCicca shuttled them away, the drive home infinitely more rewarding. (Footnote: the promoter was arrested years later for video taping women in bathrooms without their knowledge.)

Bond forging is one thing. Record making another.

It took another decade and some change, but the two finally managed to join forces and transform an empty gallery into a makeshift studio space. DeCicca crawled into Shiftlet’s world with an electric guitar and a notebook. There were two microphones, a tiny bass amp, computers, electronics, and power strips.

Artwork by Darryl Norsen, renowned poster artist and writer for Aquarium Drunkard’s Grateful Dead Notes.


Mike Shiflet- electronics, guitar, sounds
Jerry David DeCicca- guitar, vocals

Words: DeCicca
Music: DeCicca/Shiflet

Recorded and Mixed by Mike Shiflet, spring 2013
Mastered by Joe Panzner
Art and design by Darryl Norsen

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