camino | released 10 June 2016

1 | Into Descent
2 | Haunted Me
3 | The Starting End
4 | Altered States

About a year ago from today, in June 2015, I was preparing for a 32-day pilgrimage across Spain with my Dad on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James): a 500-mile (or 800-kilometer) hike on foot starting in a little town called Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, and ending at the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain’s region of Galicia. During my travels, it really felt like going through Hell and back at times, having shed literal blood, sweat, and tears, as all states broke down (mind, body, spirit). But despite its challenges, I never gave up and kept moving forward. From June 23rd and onward, I walked every step of the way until we arrived at the final destination on the 24th of July. The camino was a metaphor on life in every aspect. It was life-changing and something I will forever remember (and continue to cherish).

During my journey across the Camino, travelers and locals would often say that “after you finish this pilgrimage and return home, that is when your real camino begins.” It’s so true in ways I can fathom yet cannot entirely explain. In Spanish, “camino” means way, road, path, journey. The tracks on this EP serve as a reminder of the highs and lows experienced in the roads we’ve traveled in life, all while embracing who we are and never forgetting how we got to where we are today.

“camino” is the second of three EPs in a kind of concept trilogy. Check it out here at the official site in the MUSIC section. It's also available to stream at SoundCloud and download at bandcamp. Enjoy!

EDIT: “Haunted Me” added to tracklist on 11 August 2016