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is the debut studio album by singer songwriter Elvis Perkins
, released on February 20, 2007, on XL Recordings
. It is a chronologically sequenced album of songs written before (Tracks 1 to 6) and after (Tracks 7 to 11) the death of his mother, who died on 9/11
. In a 2009 interview, Perkins states that the album " been made out to be bleaker than it really is, there were moments of hopefulness on Ash Wednesday
Regarding the album's title, Perkins states that it: <blockquote>refers to being left on Wednesday with nothing but ash, because died on a Tuesday - being left with ash on September 12. That was also the day my father died, September 12 . It first occurred to me on Ash Wednesday itself - my consciousness was largely ruled by having lost my mother six months previously.
"All the Night Without Love" was the lead single off the album; "Moon Woman II" appears on the Fast Food Nation
soundtrack, and "While You Were Sleeping" was featured in a season 4 episode of The O.C.
. The album was released on XL Records
and includes backing vocals by Ariana Lenarsky, Shana Levy of indie band Let's Go Sailing
, and others.
- "While You Were......