Johnson's fifth album was recorded directly to tape, forgoing the modern-day
comforts of computer edits.
"My friends and I have just finished recording a new album called Sleep
Through the Static. At this point in my life I weigh about 190 lbs and my ear
hairs are getting longer. I also have a couple of kids. My wife popped them out,
but I helped. Some of the songs on this album are about making babies. Some of
the songs are about raising them. Some of the songs are about the world that
these children will grow up in; a world of war and love, and hate, and time and
space. Some of the songs are about saying goodbye to people I love and will
We recorded the songs onto analog tape machines powered by the sun in Hawaii and
Los Angeles. One day, JP Plunier walked into the studio and told us, "It has
been 4 to 6 feet and glassy for long enough," and so we gave him a variety of
wind and rain as well as sun and so on. And Robert Carranza helped to put it all
in the right places.
After inviting Zach Gill to join Adam Topol, Merlo Podlewski, and myself on our
last world tour, we decided to make him an official member of our gang. So our
gang now has a piano player, which probably makes us much less intimidating, but
Merlo, our bass player, is 6'3" so we are still confident.
All of these songs have been on my mind for a while and it is nice to share
them. I am continually grateful to my wife who is typing this letter as I
dictate it to her.
I hope you enjoy this album. Mahalo for listening" - Jack Johnson
1. All at Once
2. Sleep Through the Static
6. If I Had Eyes
7. Same Girl
8. What You Thought You Need
10. Go On
11. They Do, They Don't
12. While We Wait
14. Losing Keys