December 22nd, 2009
As you well know, most album recordings often produce songs that don’t always fit into the framework of the record. This happened to The Welcome Wagon, especially since the process took nearly seven years in between the free moments of raising a family. For most bands, the best of these songs created during this process end up on an EP.
Before the completion of their debut album Welcome to the Welcome Wagon, Vito and Monqiue learned of Freeset, a fair-trade business in India that helps women escape the sex trade in Kolkata. By providing women with the opportunity to start new lives, regain dignity in their communities, and begin a journey towards healing and wholeness, Freeset seeks to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation for these women once and for all.
So, The Welcome Wagon married these additional songs to their desire to help the brave women Freeset helps. The result is the EP Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Freeset.
The four song EP includes an early demo of “Up On a Mountain,” recorded around a kitchen table with Sufjan Stevens and Vito playing guitars, as well as the first song Vito ever wrote – the very good “There is a Fountain Filled With Blood.” To buy the EP, exclusively from iTunes for $3.96, click here.
To read more about the EP, go here. You can visit Freeset Global here.