on his first new album in 7 years 'is and always was', daniel johnston adds another chapter to his artistic legend. 'is and always was' is a decided step away from the lo-fi homemade recordings for which johnston is famous. "everyone needs to take their demos and go back to the studio," says daniel. on this album, daniel allied with the musician and producer jason falkner, who is known for his own stellar solo career as well as his work with beck, air, and paul mccartney. with jason manning the boards, 'is and always was' was a project that aimed to take the rock and roll symphonies in daniel's prolific musical brain and deliver fully-realized and professionally-produced recorded songs. "he possesses that rare individuality that makes the listener wonder where this music comes from," falkner says of daniel johnston. "it was challenging to make our minds work together but i really found myself immersed in his musical world. it's a unique place to live, that's for sure!".