KOBALT, Idaho — Kobalt, Idaho’s newest album is the culmination of more than four years of writing, recording, and performing together, and it is a fitting tribute to the songwriting community that is its creator.
The album is titled The Great Migration and it features songs by Thee Oh Sees, Thee Shakin’ Killa, The National, and many more.
Kobalt, a three-piece band from Idaho, recorded their debut album in 2015, which was a collaboration with Thee Sees.
The project was a collaborative effort that took place in the desert between Kobalt members Brian Hildebrandt, Chris Hildefeldt, and Mike Gorman.
The two bands recorded and released their debut LP, The Great Migratory, in 2016.
It was a collection of songs that were inspired by the lives of people that were leaving home for the sake of their children, but Kobalt said it was also a way for them to celebrate their hometown and its music and culture.
“It was a way to take some of the great songs that we all love from our own experiences and bring them to the band,” Kobalt frontman Zachary Jankowski told CNN.
“I mean, what better way to get out and play music than to put some of those great songs on the record?”
Kobalt and Thee Oceans, who recorded the album’s title track, also have their own respective Twitter accounts, @TheeOceans and @TheGreatMigratory.
The band said they decided to put the music out into the world for everyone to enjoy.
The Great Migration was recorded and mixed at Kobalt studio in downtown Boise, and featured an array of musicians from across the country.
KOBATHL, Idaho (CNN) The band wrote and recorded the songs together in the studio in the winter of 2015, but the band members decided to record it at home in Boise.
It’s not uncommon for bands to record a song together in their own studios, but when Kobalt did, they did it in the same studio with their own drummer, Brian Hildabrandt.
That meant that the band got to play together on the same day every time, and that made recording the songs much more natural and less of a chore.
A group of friends and family members, including the band’s bassist Zachary Hildebert, helped the band record it in their basement.
“It was just an experience that I’ll never forget, because I felt like I was part of the band all along,” Hildebach said.
“We would always talk about songs and everything and we would go through those songs together and just get it done and just try to make something good out of it.
That’s just how we do it.”
The Great Migrant was the first Kobalt album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, but it was not enough to get the band into the studio.
“At that point, we had to put more time and effort into it and get it to where we wanted to be, which is that it’s our biggest and best work,” Hildabert said.
After the album was released, the band toured with The National and performed at the annual Boise Jazz Festival.
The Great, however, wasn’t released in the United States until June 2017, which meant that Kobalt had to wait until July to release the album.
While the band was busy recording their second album, they decided that KobALT should put out a record that reflected their hometown of Kobalt.
The idea was that people should get to know Kobalt through the songs on The Great and see what it was like to live in their hometown, Hildeberth said.
So Kobalt went ahead and did exactly that.
“We started out with some of our old songs, and then we started putting some new ones on, so we went from that to The Great,” Hildabled said.
In the process, the Kobalt band recorded songs that are in their “favorite bands” list, but also some songs that they were inspired to write.
“You know, you know, ‘I’m going to write a song for you,’ ” Hildabe said.
For example, on the title track of The Great they write about living in Kobalt “with my father and my brothers.”
They also write about the band playing in the streets of Boise, where the song was recorded.
“They kind of have a little town feel to it, and the way that I saw it was, if you know anything about the people in Boise, they’re very much on the run from the city and are trying to find somewhere to live, and they’re trying to live a different kind of life, and if you can’t live that, it doesn’t make sense to live it,” Hilaibre said.
Hildaig said the songs were written in the comfort of their own home.