It’s been waaaaayyyy toooo loooong since I’ve updated this page, and as a result I’ve decided to switch this page over to a more standard blog-style format from here on out: shorter updates more often. In the meantime, here’s a ton of things that I’ve worked on which have come out in the last few months:
The Drums released their new record “Abysmal Thoughts”, the first for Anti Records. The reception has been across-the-board good, with a variety of publications proclaiming the “music has never been better” (AV Club), “the purest version of his vision yet” (Allmusic), and “a treasure chest of an album in which you’ll find something different and unique hiding within each listen” (Paste). I worked closely with Jonny Pierce on this – (re)recording many of the live instruments, developing arrangements, adding synths and effects, and mixing the entire album. The album was beautifully mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound, and I’m thrilled by this being out in the world. Watch the video for lead single “Blood Under My Belt” and stream the album in its entirety below.
Eaters – my electronic/art rock group with Bob Jones and Christopher Duffy – released our second untitled record on Dull Tools. CLRVYNT debuted the first single “Embrace the Strange” ( “It’s a gnarly track, illustrating how the band can rocket from one starting point to the far reaches of space”), Impose and Brooklyn Vegan ran some insightful interviews, and positive reviews graced Post-Trash, Flood, and YellowGreenRed. Favorite quote (from Post Trash): “Eaters have made an album that rewards those who listen by providing a different experience each time you put it on. Layered, complex, and varied, it pays off in different ways. It’s a record that gives you new favorite moments after you listen. Like light going through glass, the sounds refract outward based on who is listening. Give it a listen and see what sounds make it to you.” We’ve got some great shows coming up late-summer/early-fall, and new songs and sculptures in the works – stay tuned.
Gold Dime – the arty no-wave trio led by Talk Normal’s Andrya Ambro – released their debut Nerves on Fire Talk. I mixed this expansive feedback-soaked LP last year, Sarah Register mastered it, and it’s been gaining nice press from Impose, Brooklyn Vegan, AdHoc, and more. They’re playing around NYC quite a bit, and you can stream/purchase the LP directly below:
NYC singer-songwriter Tica Douglas released their latest album Our Lady Star of the Sea, Help Us And Protect Us on Team Love. I mixed and mastered this album, which ranges from intimate guitar-and-voice ballads to full-blown compositions with synths, drums, horns and more. Tica and the LP received a great deal of press, with features in MTV, Impose, CLRVYNT, and Bandcamp (who also named it one of the spring’s best releases). Stream it below and then go pick up a copy on LP.
Australian darkwave maestro Buzz Kull released his debut LP Chroma. I co-produced/mixed/mastered over the course of many months, trading files back and forth as the songs took shape. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so happy to see this killer LP out. Chroma is out now on Burning Rose, and you can stream it on their Soundcloud.
Canadian trio Telecomo recently released their debut album For Sale. I recorded/mixed/mastered this collection of tightly-wound jangly garage anthems, which you can stream below and purchase from their Bandcamp page.
Prog-punk/psychedelic hardcore group Fucked Up released the Year of the Snake EP, the latest in their ongoing series of Zodiac-themed epics. Noisey interviewed the guitarist/song-writer Mike Haliechuk about the record (which I mastered), calling this EP “the best one next to 2008’s 19-minute long Year of the Pig.” Pitchfork also praised the EP, saying “even after decades’ worth of relaxing boundaries, Fucked Up bastardize hardcore in a way that gives off the thrill of creative heresy.” Year of the Snake is out now on Tankcrimes.
Former Dirty Beaches ringleader Alex Zhang-Hungtai has a trio called Love Theme. Their new self-titled LP (which I mastered) is out now via Alter, with songs on Pitchfork and FADER, and they’re touring North America this September. Check it out:
The Tills – a wild and catchy psych-garage group from North Carolina – released their new LP CANON. I mastered this record, which was recorded and mixed at The Fidelitorium by Missy Thangs, and it slays. Amplifier Magazine and Clture both featured the group, calling it “thoughtfully unkempt and unpredictable at times, catchy yet familiar”. CANON is out now on Phuzz Records.
And NYC-based glitch-pop duo HDLSS recently released the LP Selections from DUMB. I mastered this record along with my studio partner Yale Yng-Wong, and tracks have been featured on FADER, Stereogum, and Noisey. Stream the thing below:
I also edited and mixed the feature-length film component of Radical Hospitality, a long-form installation by Montana Simone at IDIO Gallery, as well as assisted on sound-design for the installation itself. The project is based on her experiences while traveling through the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Western Europe, being welcomed in both “hostile” cultures and by refugees alike. The abstract film serves as the guide/anchor to the installation, which also featured large-scale sculptures, interactive music, and a zine of found photographs. The trailer is streaming below.
Thank you for reading. Please write me at jonathan [dot] schenke [at] gmail to get in touch.