Recorded at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin and Electrical Audio, Chicago, Illinois
between December 2000 and May 2001.
In 2001, Rainer Maria released their third album and played almost 200 shows. Yet, somehow Kyle Fischer (guitar, vocals) and Caithlin De Marrais (vocals, bass) managed to travel from New York back to Madison, Wisconsin a few times over the course of six months and make Open Ground --an album of material mostly written by Kyle outside of sessions with Rainer Maria. Although the project uses the moniker of "Kyle Fischer", Kyle enlisted the help of Caithlin as well as Mike Kinsella (Owen, American Football, Joan of Arc) on nearly the entire record. The outcome is a much fuller, more collaborative sound than most "solo acoustic side-projects". The recording was done at Rainer Maria favorite, Smart Studios with Mark Haines (Look Now Look Again, A Better Version of Me, and Long Knives Drawn), who also played drums on a couple tracks.