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Over a year in the making (recording began August of 2013)
"The Road to Hell is Paved by Artists" was set to be NEH's first solo full-length in years...however fate had it's way and there was a hard drive crash... leaving half of the original session files unrecoverable.

Due to sonic quality differences between sets of songs,
the album has been split into a two-part affair:

The first, more polished half, where full session files were recovered, is titled "Dreary." An experimental, driving and many parts instrumental five song selection.

The second, more "lo-fi" half using original song mixes is titled
"The Road to Hell is Paved by Artists." This original three song selection has been supplemented by two more songs of this sound aesthetic that were recently recorded, originally intended to be released as a single in months following the LP release.

The listener will hear that in this two part full-length, Nick has taken cues from his main project "These Branches" and expanded upon it sonically in what many would consider a more"abstract" and "gentle" fashion, yet, these songs still have the ability to hit just as heavily. Overall these sets of tunes represent much a departure from the more acoustic driven "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" EP.

The albums are based very much in repetition and structural progression, though no looping pedals were used in this recording with the exception of the pre-recorded rhythm loop in "Corners," which was one saved in the pedal's memory for years. Every part was played time and time again to get every imperfection in every note with minimal cuts or punch ins. Coupling these techniques with the highly abstract personal lyrics and ambient overtones- a truly unique set of songs that can stand out from each other but cohesively come together as a moment in a young artists life is what is achieved.

Though lyrical topics can shift around a bit, the overall tone and messaged delivered is by a man who is seeing the struggle of the everyday need to create and it's juxtaposition with a mundane life, growing older and facing the finality of both life itself and art as life.

We hope you enjoy this trip down the road.

Head-Phone Listening is Very Much Recommended.

The follow up to these albums are already being recorded.

FFO: The National, Young Widows, Pygmy Lush


released August 7, 2014

Written and Recorded by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg.

Mixed by Antwonn Del Rosso.

Mastered by Bryan Batiste.



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Track Name: The Coming to Fruition
this has never felt better
but everytime i come around
i wonder what it is i have just done
i'll see you when i have new
brand new insides
i'll see you when i'm blue
when it's the pain that excites
what is it that's on your mind ?
an awful way to pass the time
open up to stimulating light
the coming to fruition
never felt so right
Track Name: Sunken
how am i supposed to lift
the sun over my head
when i can't get myself out of bed
give me all that you're not
laugh until we are unknown
give me all that you got
laugh until we are alone
how am i supposed to lift
my son over my head
when i can't get myself out of bed
how am i supposed to get you outta my head
when i'm not even done yet
Track Name: Corners
(instrumental with random incoherent babbling)
Track Name: Sleep Studies
binding: the morning tide
an inability to sleep at night
finding the only "right"
never established in our mind
lying in this bed
no reason to lift your head
casting our dreams in the room
stay awake i'll see you soon
i'm only here when you're alone
I know why we can't sleep
Track Name: The Things I Would Do i & ii