After the success of Codeine's Frigid Stars
LP, the trio of Stephen Immerwahr, John
Engle, and Chris Brokaw booked time at
Harold Dessau Recording in June 1992
to track an eight-song sophomore album.
A few days and a couple of unexplainable
high-pitched frequencies later, the record
was scrapped, shelved, and forgotten
about. Brokaw left the band shortly after,
and these songs were re-tracked in various
iterations for Codeine's final LP. On its
30th anniversary, Numero has unearthed
these recordings, restoring the original
White Birch to the band's exacting
standards with producer Mike McMackin.
A slowcore masterpiece hidden in plain