The unorthodox intimacy of the recording process might be to blame. Recorded over 8 months alternately between Portland and Brooklyn, many songs were recorded in just a few takes, then layered and overdubbed with ferocity. Sometimes they crowded around a single microphone in the center of the room, sometimes there were a few more. Friends like Sharon Van Etten and Nick Delfs (of Shaky Hands) came by and contributed in the spirit of an honest work. To hear principle songwriter Mark Thresher tell it, the work is “something that felt very important to all of us at the time.” The sincerity in that statement is painfully evident. Despite being originally released by the ever-insightful Catbird Records, and being named Album of the Year by La Blogotheque, Forest Fire’s ramshackle wonder Survival remains an intensely personal album for all of us lucky enough to have come across it. The worst in each of us wants to keep this record to ourselves; the best wants to share it with everyone.