Museum On The Horizon – the latest LP from NYC noise-rock-turned-industrial trio Pop. 1280 – is out now on Profound Lore. Preceded by three wildly different singles and a rush of press on Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan, the new album finds the group fully embracing their EBM/industrial-dance selves. I co-produced, recorded, and mixed the record with the group at Studio Windows over the winter…. it was one of my first in-person sessions after having to work remotely last year, and we fully dug into the studio process. Every drum machine and synth were synced – resulting in happy accidents and completely bizarre sounds – and we experimented heavily with processing (guitars through synths, synths through amps, everything through something else), resulting in something that feels very LIVE while leaning into the beats & grooves. Josh Bonati mastered Museum On The Horizon, and it’s available digitally and on CD on Bandcamp, and on vinyl direct from the label.
The Reason For My Love is the new EP from my group P.E. (along with Bob Jones of Eaters and former members of Pill Veronica Torres, Ben Jaffe, and Jon Campolo). Featuring three new songs (including the lead single title track) and two remixes (one by Xiu Xiu, the other by us), this collection is inspired by classic 12″ EPs and is designed for the dancefloor. Bill Pearis from Brooklyn Vegan reviewed the EP in this week’s Indie Basement column, saying “the three new songs here are the band’s most song-like creations yet. And best. While still experimental, there is a pop backbone to all three, not to mention an overt danceability.” The Reason For My Love is out now via Wharf Cat Records.
Washington DC-based quirky punk trio BRNDA have released their newest LP Do You Like Salt? Bandcamp heralded it as Album Of The Day, calling it “killer D.C. art punk with a nervy sense of humor, skittering rhythms, and wiry guitars [that] hits all the right notes and the right wrong ones”, and the record found similar fans in Ears To Feed, Flood, Post-Trash, and Alt Citizen. The album was recorded by Justin Moyer at White Oak Studio in D.C., and I mixed & mastered it last year at Studio Windows (Brooklyn, NY). Do You Like Salt? is out now on Crafted Sounds – check it out!
Pop. 1280 return with “Not Too Deep”, the second single from their industrial banger of a record Museum On The Horizon. Stereogum describes it as “a sweaty, clammy synth-punk track with a pulsating electronic beat and a feverish, paranoid vocal” and the band described to Brooklyn Vegan how “it seemed fitting to us to write a dance song in such apocalyptic times.” “Not Too Deep” is one of the undeniable groovers of the record, and showcases the experimental approaches we took with layering and arrangement in the studio while foregrounding the beat and the vocals. I produced, recorded, and mixed Museum On The Horizon with the group at Studio Windows, and it was mastered by Josh Bonati. Check out the video above, previous single “Noncompliant” below, and pre-order the album on Bandcamp – Museum On The Horizon is out September 24 via Profound Lore.
The Apple Drop – the tenth record from avant-rock shape-shifters Liars – is out now. The LP has already garnered rave reviews from the likes of NME (“their most refined, accessible record yet”), Allmusic (“audacious, ambitious”), Pitchfork (“the best thing Andrew has done in at least a decade”), Bandcamp Daily (Album Of The Day – “a release as cathartic as a comeback and as exciting as a debut, a paradoxical reminder of how special this utterly strange band is”), The Quietus (“a beautiful, weird, heartfelt and uncanny album”), Brooklyn Vegan (Album Of The Week – “almost like all eras of Liars existing at once, a bit of sonic string theory that is immensely satisfying”), and Loud & Quiet (“one of the most compelling bodies of work in modern music”).
The Apple Drop was recorded at Oceanic Studio with Laurence Pike and Cameron Dyell, and at home by Angus Andrew (with lyrical contributions from Mary Pearson Andrew of High Places); I mixed the record and did additional production at Studio Windows; and it was mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering. I am incredibly proud of this record – it’s certainly some of my best work, and I think some of the band’s too. For even more about the record, check out these interviews in Rolling Stone and Stereogum, and the live performance they shot at Phoenix Central Park in Sydney. The Apple Drop is out now via MUTE Records.
Tokyo-based bedroom-dream-pop artist Nana Yamato is back with Before Sunrise (In Tokyo). The album is filled with alternate mixes and new (mostly acoustic) versions of songs from her debut album Before Sunrise. I mixed/re-mixed and mastered the songs earlier this year at Studio Windows, revisiting our work from the original and twisting the songs into new-yet-complimentary shapes. The physical copies sold out in eight minutes(!!), but you can download the album in full from Big Love Records’ Bandcamp page, and check out some videos below. Before Sunrise (In Tokyo) is out now on Big Love Records, (and a little bird told me that the US version of the original will be back in print soon).
P.E. – my psychedelic industrial pop group with members of Pill and Eaters – is back with the new single “The Reason For My Love.” Brooklyn Vegan premiered the track, with Stereogum and Recommended Listen also featuring the new song, “an altered zone of sax pop and asymmetrical synth lines grooving their way around Veronica Torres’ cool faith in the greatest emotion.” It’s the title track from our upcoming EP of the same name, which features two other new tracks and two remixes – one by Xiu Xiu and another by the band. We spent much of 2020 generating new song ideas, and convened at Studio Windows earlier this year to pull everything together. I love this song – it’s one of my favorites P.E. has ever done – and the EP is a dance-floor-ready summer jammer. You can stream the single below, and pre-order The Reason For My Love EP now (available Sept 3 via Wharf Cat Records).
I recently spoke with Patrick King from Ears To Feed as part of their FOCUS series (interviews with people involved in the music industry). We talked about maintaining Studio Windows through the pandemic, staying creative with P.E., working remotely with Liars and Nana Yamato, and my love of cooking. It’s always a pleasure to talk about my work, and I greatly appreciate the kind words… from the intro:
Adding his special touch to albums that have gone on to be huge successes in the indie rock world such as Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts and Lush by Snail Mail, the New Yorker called him “a go-to producer for Brooklyn’s indie-rock elite.” In a 2017 interview with Tape-Op they echoed that sentiment, saying his “passion for excellent record-making is clear, and rewarding for everyone involved.”
Thanks again to Patrick & Max for taking the time to put together this feature! You can read it and other great music journalism on Ears To Feed.
Namesake, the NYC punk quartet formerly known as Honduras, have announced their new record Redeeming Features with its first song & single “I’m Sick”. Stereogum premiered the track, calling it “a revved-up power-pop banger with the reckless energy of a brand-new band.” I had worked with Honduras back in 2014-2016 on their debut full-length Rituals and the followup Gathering Rust EP, and had listened as their collection of songs grew in the intervening years. We reunited in 2019 to sift through the tracks, selecting our favorites and fine-tuning the structures before going into the studio to record. I produced this record Winter 2019/2020 – recording at the incredible Outlier Inn (in Mountain Dale, NY) and mixing/mastering at Studio Windows (in Brooklyn, NY) – and I’m beyond thrilled to finally be able to share this first song. As Stereogum put it, “It’s a jam.” Redeeming Features comes out October 15 on Get Better Records.
Liars are back with “From What The Never Was”, their third single from The Apple Drop. The song and its sci-fi-extravaganza of a video (by Clemens Habicht) was featured in Stereogum, NME, and Brooklyn Vegan (among others), and follows “Sekwar” and “Big Appetite“. “From What The Never Was” was the final song we completed for the album, stripping it to its core and working with Angus to build it out to this elegant beaut of a track. I mixed and added production to The Apple Drop, which comes out August 6 via MUTE Records.