Rituals, the debut album from Brooklyn dream-punk quartet Honduras, is out now on Black Bell Records! We worked on this record last fall/winter – recording live to 8-track tape in upstate NY at Outlier Inn, and mixing/mastering in Brooklyn at Doctor Wu’s – and were all thrilled with the results. Brash and immediate, lovely and catchy, the record captures the energy of these songs and finds the group exploring new territory in the process. Interview Magazine and NME streamed the record, both The Fader and BK Mag ran features on the group, and they’re wrapping up a tour with Oberhofer – go see them in your town! Re-listening to Rituals now, I remember why I was so excited making this record, and look forward to getting back into the studio with them this winter. Stream Rituals from one of the links above, and check out album-closer and personal-favorite “Mirror” below:
Dan Friel‘s new album Life is out October 16th on Thrill Jockey Records. I mixed this wild instrumental noise-pop record with Dan earlier this year, and as a fan of both the man and his music, it was a real pleasure to help bring this thing to… well, life. Fact Mag and Stereogum debuted the first single “Life (Pt.1)”, and NPR premiered “Rattler” in their column “Songs We Love”, throwing in a Sonic Youth comparison for good measure. The album was mastered by Sarah Register, and “Rattler” is available to stream below. Also, make sure to check out Dan’s interview and in-studio performance on WNYC’s Soundcheck!
Service Industry, the sophomore LP by NYC outre-rock duo Lushes, is also out October 16th, via Felte Records. I worked with the group to flesh out the recordings with synth arrangements and effect treatments, yielding some interesting results and avenues of exploration. In addition to the first single “Low Hanging Fruit”, Tiny Mix Tapes and Self-Titled Mag premiered “Circus” and “Rub Your Eyes” (streaming below). The album was recorded and mixed by Aaron Mullan, mastered by Sarah Register, and features Sam Hilmer (Zs, Diamond Terrifier) and Justin Frye (PC Worship).
PC Worship shared the first taste of Basement Hysteria with “My Lens” (via The Fader). It’s a 13-minute doozy of a track, an example of the more stripped-down and stretched-out vibes from the new EP (which I mixed and mastered this summer). The group is on tour in Europe now, with NYC dates supporting Panda Bear, Container, and The Men this fall. Basement Hysteria is out November 13th on Northern Spy.
Godmode Records are releasing a series of EPs by their artists entitled You’ve Been Sweating Wrong Your Whole Life, many of which I mastered earlier this year. Yvette is a NYC electro-noise-rock duo I’ve been a fan of for years, having gotten to know them and sharing the stage with them multiple times, and their new Time Management EP is absolutely ferocious. Pitchfork and NME featured the single “Calm and Content”, and Noisey and Stereogum hosted streams of the EP in its entirety.
Other releases in You’ve Been Sweating Wrong that I mastered include Hand of God’s Int’l Shipping EP (“trippy MPC house jams”), Fasano’s The Beach EP (“left-field b-boy crooning”), Fitness’ self-titled EP (“freakshow electro”), Soft Lit’s self-titled EP (“3am breakup pop”). Malory’s self-titled EP is also a part of the series, and was mastered by Stuart Hawkes. Kudos to label-head and producer Nick Sylvester for his creative sounds and direction on this wide-range of EPs! Click on each of the above links for a stream and write-up of the release, and head over to Godmode’s store to order the series.
VBA recently issued their debut EP Will It Still Be There. I worked with the group earlier this year at Seaside Lounge and Doctor Wu’s to record and mix these songs, which push the boundaries of rock into more experimental textures and form. The group finished vocals and arrangements this summer, and mastered with Josh Bonati. Stream the album below, and keep an eye out for them around NYC this fall.
Fort Lean released their long-awaited debut album Quiet Day last week on Ooh La La/Caroline. My studio partner Jake Aron plays bass in the band, and I watched as they spent years crafting this album of immaculate indie rock. The album was recorded and mixed at a variety of studios, including Dreamland (in upstate NY) and Strange Weather (in Brooklyn). I did additional mixing with Jake at Doctor Wu’s, and the record was mastered by Chris Gehringer. Check out their series of utterly bizarre videos by Mike Anderson (think Tool meets Beetlejuice), and stream the album sampler below:
Humeysha came by Doctor Wu’s to master their self-titled debut LP with me last month. The Fader premiered the surreal video for the first single “Burma Between You and Me”, a great sampling of the New York via New Delhi sounds on this unique record. Humeysha is out now on Camp & Street.
I also mastered the new Polly Hi album Deceleration at Doctor Wu’s. The record was produced/recorded/mixed by Andrew Lappin, a regular and friendly presence at the studio. Fans of Here We Go Magic and Wilco take note – this is spacious, grooving, beautiful stuff.
MPHO came into Doctor Wu’s last month to mix and master their new EP T.I.G.H.T.. They’re a new synth-pop group comprised of Mark Perro of The Men/Dream Police, Holly Overton of Juniper Rising/herself, and Russell Hymovitz of Junk Boys/Dream Police. I’ve worked with these three multiple times, it’s always fun, and it’s been great to watch this project develop over the last year. T.I.G.H.T. is a gritty and gleaming sampler of disco power-pop – check it out!
Apart from all that, I’ve spent much of the past couple months focused on Eaters. We did another run of shows with Shabazz Palaces, including a fantastic home-town show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (check out these awesome photos by Impose). Our sound-sculpture Moment of Inertia was featured in both The Creators Project and The Spec, and we’re planning a couple sound/art installations in the new year. We’ve also been hard at work completing the next full-length – I’m not sure what to say other than I can’t wait to share it with everyone! In the meantime, Eaters are playing a couple shows around CMJ this month – October 16th @ Cake Shop (Inland Empire Touring showcase w/ Turn to Crime, The Gotobeds, Spray Paint and more) and October 18th @ Silent Barn (Dull Tools/Wild Wild Life party w/ Future Punx, Pill, Beth Israel, and many more) – come hear the new stuff!
Please feel free to reach out if you’d like to talk about sound, and thanks, as always, for reading.