I just wrapped up work co-producing, engineering, and mixing Summer Valentine, the debut LP for Brooklyn via Maine singer-songwriter Tica Douglas. She's got a truly great batch of songs, and I'm very excited to have worked with her on this collection. We recorded at Barnburner Studios, a facility I've put together in a renovated barn in Patterson, NY, about an hour and fifteen minutes north of the City. It's a very large, gorgeous space, and I love the challenge of making an unorthodox environment work for recording. The interior is all untreated wood from the 1790s (!), so the room sounds very large and live. The drums and the guitars especially benefited from the large space, and we kept a room mic at the back of the hall on the entire session to capture the depth of the room. Anyway, we had a blast up in Patterson, and all of the members of Double King and the very talented Kyle Morgan were on hand to flesh out the songs and serve as Tica's backing band. It was a truly inspiring experience. I mixed the record at Doctor Wu's in Williamsburg on their beautiful Neve 5088. Check out some photos of the sessions, and look for the album when it is released in May via Kill the Messenger Records.
We're hoping to do more recording up at Barnburner Studios, so get in touch if you're interested in learning more about the space, rates, and on-site lodging (and swimming pool!)
Here are some teaser videos for the album (credit: Gracie Pizzo):
And here are photos from the session (credit: Gracie Pizzo)
At the end of Summer 2012 and throughout the Fall, I recorded, produced, and mixed In I, the debut LP from Brooklyn's Throw Vision. The album was released on February 5th and can be heard here. It's already received great reviews from the Deli NYC and Bushwick Daily, so check it out!
My first project of the new year is working on a new, 4-song Double King EP. We tracked one song in December called "Silent in My Arms," which features Renata Zeiguer of Vensaire on strings, and we just recorded two more tunes called "Holy Water" and "Red Tide." We're doing the record where we did the LP, Sound Machine Studios in Manhattan. Whereas the self-titled album was done mostly live with very few overdubs, I've encouraged the band to get more expansive on this release. We've been adding lots of different layers and new instrumentation - the Wurlitzer especially has been getting a lot of use - and we've been busting out some synths and samplers (see the photo) for these new tracks. Found sounds have also been used for some percussion tracks. As always, we're putting a lot of miles on the Space Echo. Sound Machine also has a great selection of guitars and amplifiers, and we've been using its arsenal to the fullest. Definitely big guitar tones going on. Look for the EP in the Spring.