Constant Smiles – the ever-changing project of singer-songwriter Ben Jones – is back with “In My Heart”, the first single of their upcoming LP Kenneth Anger. Shared by Brooklyn Vegan, Northern Transmissions, and others, the track came with tour date announcements (including the NYC record-release show at Union Pool, where I will be performing with the band) and a beautiful video by Samuel Jerome Mason. Ben recorded much of this record himself, with various contributions by a wide range of musicians (including Ryan Jewell on drums); I edited, mixed, and mastered the LP with Ben at Studio Windows last summer. The single (and album as a whole) features more prominent electronics in the sound, while retaining the intimacy and directness of Ben’s writing from previous records like 2021’s Paragons. Kenneth Anger is out March 3 via Sacred Bones Records.
NYC-via-Texas quintet Why Bonnie returned with a new single called “Apple Tree”. The track was shared by Stereogum, Under the Radar, Our Culture and more, along with tour dates in January (with Sun June) & March (with Foyer Red and Kolezanka). “Apple Tree” was an outtake from their album 90 In November – the basic tracking was recorded with Tommy Read in Silsbee, TX, and vocal recording, mixing, and mastering done at Studio Windows this past fall. I always loved this song and was happy to breathe new life into it. “Apple Tree” is out now on Keeled Scales.
NYC art-pop quintet Foyer Red are back with the new single “ETC” on Carpark Records! The song was featured in Paste Magazine’s Best Songs Of The Week (“it’s perfect”), Brooklyn Vegan (“it’s a joy”), Stereogum, and others. I produced this track with the group over the summer, recording at Figure 8 Recording and mixing at Studio Windows, with Joe Lambert mastering. From mastering their self-recorded EP Zigzag Wombat, to recording the singles that came out earlier this year, and seeing their incredible live show get better and better, Foyer Red has quickly become one of my favorite bands, and some of the sweetest people as well. Expect great things to come in the new year! “ETC” is out now on Carpark Records.
Fascination – the third LP from Australian darkwave artist Buzz Kull – is out now! Including the singles “Rise From Your Grave” (“a synth-driven stunner”- Post Punk), “Dancing With Machines, and “Last In The Club”, the new LP doubles down on the club/EBM influences from his previous albums, resulting in a blistering set of darkly danceable tunes. Marc produced the record almost entirely during lockdown, and I mixed & mastered the album at Studio Windows. Fascination is out now via Avant Records.
Art-pop duo Kolezanka is back with “Slapstick”, the second single from the upcoming LP Alone with the Sound the Mind Makes. Featured in Stereogum, Under The Radar, and more, “Slapstick” follows the equally-awesome single “Canals Of Our City”. The LP was recorded at Pulp Arts in Gainsville, Florida by Danny Clifton and Lily Ruckstuhl, and I mixed & mastered it at Studio Windows. It’s an incredible album, and I can’t wait for people to hear it! Alone with the Sound the Mind Makes is out February 17 via Bar/None Records.
Canadian singer-songwriter KT Laine returns with the single “Again”. Read Range featured the song with an interview, describing the music as “balancing grace and grit accentuated through vintage recording equipment, her music exists in a middle space that leaves you slightly too unnerved to fully sink in your seat… but that’s what gives her music its vitality” and Canadian Beats described “her songs radiate a positively warm glow, sweetly burnished and unhurried.” KT recorded these songs in Victoria, BC with Elijah Browning, and I mixed & mastered them at Studio Windows in Brooklyn, NY. I loved working on this album – a truly impressive debut LP – and am excited that Knock Knee is out November 18 via Victory Pool.
NYC-via-Phoenix art rock project Kolezanka has released the new single “Canals Of Our City”. Stereogum calls it “a pattering and melodic track that builds into a gorgeous swirl”, Here Comes the Flood calls it “genre-defying art-rock” and Under The Radar featured it as well. I had heard about Kristina and her project Kolezanka from a variety of friends around Brooklyn, but didn’t meet her until last fall when she started playing with Foyer Red, and I feel fortunate to have been able to work with her on so much amazing music over the past year. “Canals Of Our City” is the first single from her upcoming sophomore LP Alone with the Sound the Mind Makes, which was recorded at Pulp Arts in Gainsville, Florida, and which I mixed & mastered at Studio Windows. It’s an incredible album, and I can’t wait for people to hear it! Alone with the Sound the Mind Makes is out February 15 via Bar/None Records.
Australian darkwave artist Buzz Kull is back with two new singles – “Rise From Your Grave” and “Dancing With Machines”. Post Punk calls “Rise From Your Grave” “a synth-driven stunner” and The Brvtalist says “Dancing With Machines” fuses “elements of early body music and hovering in the realms of the dark side of British synthpop”. Both songs are from the upcoming full-length Fascination, the project’s third LP, each of which Marc and I have worked on together. Marc produced the record entirely during lockdown, focusing on a blistering set of darkly danceable tunes, and I mixed & mastered the album at Studio Windows Fascination is out November 25 via Avant Records.
NYC jangly post-punk combo Big Bliss are back! “Sleep Paralysis” is the first single since their 2018 LP At Middle Distance, and critics call it “one of the best songs of its ilk this year” (Stereogum) and “an impressively earnest anthem” (Alt Citizen). We started working on this song in the fall of 2019, with the intention of finishing it and the rest of the record in spring 2020, which was ultimately postponed for over a year. I produced this track with Tim Race of the band, recording it at Figure 8 Recording and Light Show Studios, with mixing and mastering done at Studio Windows. It’s just the first taste from a batch of excellent tunes, and I’m excited to be able to share this! “Sleep Paralysis” is out now.
NYC synth-pop darlings Nation Of Language are back with two 7″ singles, their first new music since last year’s excellent A Way Forward. The first is a cover of The Replacement’s “Androgynous” b/w “Again And Again (Eleanor)” and the second is “From The Hill” b/w “Ground Control”. I produced & mixed both “Again And Again” and “Ground Control” at Studio Windows, and both are exclusive to the physical releases. I love these songs – “Again And Again (Eleanor)” is bouncy and sparse, while “Ground Control” is a beautiful ballad that shows a different side of the group – and I’m thrilled to have them out in the world. Order either/both singles directly from Nation Of Language, and stream “From The Hill” below.