Having recently left Oregon, and as yet with no new home (Cincinnati was to happen several months later), we found ourselves at times in New York City, and at other times holed up in a camp on the northern shores of the Chesapeake Bay recording what was to become our final album. Thematically centered on the human condition, the project found a tremendous energy through the relentless influence of producer David Perkins. Daves passion is all over this record. A gifted musician and producer himself, he would later be a member of the legendary Chagall Guevara.
The losses and sense of disorientation during this time was devastating. Despite this, or more likely because of this, something about the transitional nature of sojourn made itself into this record providing a soul that might not have otherwise been there. Hindsight often provides details that may be invisible to the present, and surely that is true here. There is a passion akin to Light Maneuvers, (Power, Look Through His Eyes) but also a depth of soul, a cry born from the human condition, (The Dance, Human Heart) and a desperate need for the timeless care and direction of God (Timeless Love, I will, Love Never Fails). Even in the midst of this vulnerability, there are strong challenges that address the need for faithfulness with marriage, (Harder to Finish), and faithfulness with money (Million). As well as working behind the scenes, Eric Odell was part of the band for about eighteen months, contributing both in the studio and on stage, adding the male vocal tracks on Human Ocean, and touring throughout 1985 and into the spring of 1986. After that, Sandie would go on to sing all of the songs for the remainder of the bands life together.