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.
NYC noise-punks turned industrial-rivetheads Pop. 1280 are back with a new single, new LP, and new label! Stereogum premiered “Noncompliant”, the first single from Museum On The Horizon – an album that continues the metamorphosis from rock into electronic sounds. 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, which comes out September 24 via Profound Lore. Check out “Noncompliant” below, and order a copy on Bandcamp!
DC-based off-kilter punk trio BRNDA just released “Perfect World”, the first single from their upcoming album Do You Like Salt? FLOOD Magazine premiered the track, calling it “a throbbing, slice of motorik post-punk that… manages to marry quirk and danceability.” The album was recorded at White Oak Studios in Washington, DC by Justin Moyer, and I mixed & mastered it last year at Studio Windows. Check out the song below, and you can pre-order the LP on their Bandcamp. Do You Like Salt? is out August 20 via Crafted Sounds.
Phantom Rhythm Remixed – the new remix album of songs by Chinese/Canadian guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong – is out now! After being featured in Resident Advisor, Exclaim gave it 8/10 (“fold[s] musical styles across borders of every kind”) and Vinyl District gave it an ‘A-‘ (“An LP as fun as it was unexpected”). Featuring reinterpretations by Yu Su, Howie Lee, and other rising stars from China and abroad, this collection plays more like a well-curated compilation than a classic “remix record”. In addition to producing/recording/mixing the original record, I worked with my group P.E. to rework the single “Ride Your Horse” into what Exclaim describes as “a roaming free-jazz chariot ride through resonant piano chords that dangle over snapping percussion.” Head over to Bandcamp to pick up your own copy, check out the video below, and stream the whole album on your favorite platform. Phantom Rhythm Remixed is out now via Wharf Cat Records & bié.
“Big Appetite” is the newest single from surrealist electronic-rock project Liars and their upcoming tenth album The Apple Drop. The single and its whirling video was featured in Rolling Stone, NME, Stereogum and more. This is one of my favorite songs on the record – more “rock” than their previous few records, but still in the grandiose sci-fi world-building of this new album – and one of the most time-consuming to “get right” in the mix… but I enjoyed every minute of it. The Apple Drop was recorded at Oceanic Studio with Laurence Pike and Cameron Dyell, and at home by Angus Andrew; I mixed and offered additional production for the record at Studio Windows, and it was mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering. The Apple Drop is out August 6 via Mute Records.
Louisville-based weirdo-pop trio Wombo released their newest Keesh Mountain EP today. Check out this feature on Ears To Feed, track reviews on Post Trash (“one of the more exciting new bands we’ve come across this year”) and Alt Citizen, and videos below. I mixed two songs – lead single “Dreamsickle” and “Just Like Time” – and mastered all four earlier this year at Studio Windows. Keesh Mountain is out now digitally and on cassette courtesy of Fire Talk Records.
Liars are back with “Sekwar”, the first single from their upcoming album The Apple Drop. The track premiered on Marc Riley’s BBC6 Radio show, and was featured across Pitchfork, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, NME and more. I had the pleasure of meeting Angus through his remix of P.E.’s “Top Ticket” and our Talkhouse interview, and our communications continued onto pandemic-era home-recording tips, production ideas, and eventually mixing. The Apple Drop was recorded at Oceanic Studio with Laurence Pike and Cameron Dyell, and at home by Angus Andrew; I mixed the record at Studio Windows, and it was mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering. I may be biased, but as a long-time fan of the group, I can say that y’all are in for a treat with this one! Check out “Sekwar” below, and head over to Mute’s shop to see the wide array of wares available around the release. The Apple Drop is out August 6 via Mute Records.