Bringing In the Darlings is a stand-alone EP that features six new songs. It was recorded and mixed over the course of four days at Homeward Sound Studios in Ritter s current hometown of Brooklyn, New York. As Ritter says, I knew I wasn t making my next album here, but something smaller, and that smallness felt really good. I was listening to a lot of early Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, and the Everly Brothers, and the mood struck me one day to sit down and put to tape some songs that felt graceful and uncomplicated. Simplicity was what I wanted, musically and lyrically. During the winter months, simpler fare sticks to the ribs, but hopefully it tastes just as good. This EP is the first studio recording in some time that does not feature Josh s touring group, the Royal City Band. The only other person in the studio with Josh was Brooklyn-based producer Josh Kaufman, who contributed most of the other instruments. I ve always loved hanging out with Kaufman, Ritter says. Working with these songs, just the two of us, was the change of pace I d been craving.