Letter From the U​.​S​.​A. - Songs From The Plains, 2001​-​2007

by Aaron Semer

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Los Angeles 05:46
At a Party 03:45
Nothing 03:35
Silverlake 07:02
Firefly 03:17


Throughout the 00's, Aaron Semer wrote and performed under the name "The Plains" and released two albums: 2002's "On Earth as it is in Heaven" and 2006's "The Boy in the Mansuit". Some regard these as classics of the 00's Seattle scene. On the debut, The Plains was Semer performing nearly all the instruments himself. After the release of that album, a live trio was formed with Jonathan "Jonballs" Kilian on drums and Josh Atkins on bass. Following a few years of playing and touring together, this lineup went into the studio to record the bulk of "Mansuit" in 2006. Not long after that, The Plains disbanded and Semer set-out on his own performing in a number of Seattle bands and projects before releasing his debut album under his own name, 2015's "Love Amidst Collapse". While "Collapse" included stripped-down acoustic renditions of a handful of songs from The Plains era, many of these songs were relegated to the dustbin of history. Until now. This collection of songs represents the lyrics and music Semer wrote in his 20s.

“Ohio native Aaron Semer is blessing Seattle with his presence before catapulting to mega-fame… A major, multifaceted, and eccentric talent. A listener feels as if these songs have always been there, waiting for someone to discover them.” - The Stranger, 2002


released July 6, 2020

All songs copyright Aaron A. Semer 2002 & 2006, BMI

Produced by Aaron A. Semer

All songs originally appeared on the albums "On Earth As It Is In Heaven" or "The Boy in the Mansuit" under artist name "The Plains". Individual song credits listed under info on each song.

Cover photo by Lyndsay Wilhelm
Design by Aaron Semer

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"Semer draws from the tradition of the best singer/songwriters in that he can write about any variety of topics and make it all seem too easy. With Cape Disappointment, he deserves a seat at the table alongside Jeff Tweedy, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, and John Prine. He's that good." - PopMatters ... more

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