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 in 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.
Last year, Tom Sanders (of the band Teleman) released his debut solo record, Only Magic, and today sees the release of Only Remixes – a collection of remixes & reinterpretations of songs from that album. My group P.E. reworked the song “Tom Quixote”, and our “Hey, Bye!” remix skews the original into a downtempo groover, resulting in one of my favorites of the last year. Only Remixes is available now via Moshi Moshi Music.
Chinese/Canadian guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong return with Phantom Rhythm Remixed! The remix LP was announced today via Exclaim, along with a remix of “Some Kind of Demon” by Yu Su. The original Phantom Rhythm is a highlight of my discography, and these remixes stretch the sound of those songs into new shapes while remaining undeniably Gong Gong Gong. I’m excited not only for fans being able to hear these new versions, but also that my group P.E. has the opening remix on the album – a psychedelic odyssey spun out of “Ride Your Horse”. Phantom Rhythm Remixed is out on June 25 courtesy of Wharf Cat Records – pre-order the record through their site or Bandcamp, and check out the travelogue video for the Yu Su remix below.
Louisville weirdo-pop trio Wombo have released their newest single “Dreamsickle”. The song (and its accompanying video) premiered on Austin Town Hall, and is from their upcoming EP Keesh Mountain. I mixed “Dreamsickle” and “Just Like Time” this winter, and mastered the full EP at Studio Windows. Keesh Mountain is out May 28th courtesy of Fire Talk Records – head over to Bandcamp to pre-order the limited-edition cassette, and check out the “Dreamsickle” video above.
Before Sunrise – the debut LP from bedroom dream-pop artist Nana Yamato – is out now via Dull Tools & Big Love Records. Pitchfork gave the record a glowing review (“lonely, glowing bedroom pop that relishes in the ecstatic possibilities of sound”), and Nylon interviewed Nana prior to the LP’s release. I produced this record with Nana last year during lockdown – working on sounds & arrangements, adding synths & percussion – and mixed/mastered it at Studio Windows. The songs and the escape it gave me from the pandemic are truly special to me, and it’s a thrill to see so many people responding so well to the record. Check out the videos below, and head over to Bandcamp to order the LP.
“Do You Wanna” – the latest single from Japanese bedroom dream-pop singer/songwriter Nana Yamato – premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered, along with a handmade video by Nana. I produced this record with Nana last year during the earliest days of lockdown, and making this record together created a beautiful escape into another world. Before Sunrise was mixed and mastered at Studio Windows, and is out February 5th via Big Love Records (Tokyo) and Dull Tools (NYC). You can pre-order it now on Bandcamp.
Fans of Craig Leon and Harmonia take note: Thomas Seeley – a fixture of the Brooklyn music scene with his band Sleepies – recently released the 2020 EP. We mixed & mastered this together at Studio Windows during the fall, experimenting with various real-time effects to bring these compositions to life. It’s a transportive listen, and was a pleasure to work on – check out the 2020 EP below and head over to Thomas’ Bandcamp page for downloads.
Jason Kelly – former drummer & songwriter of such genre-bending groups as Fergus & Geronimo and Future Punx – returns with the new song “Letting Go Again”. Written, recorded, and performed entirely alone, the skewed & dexterous electronic-pop of “Letting Go Again” evokes feelings of McCartney II, John Maus, and R. Stevie Moore. I mixed the song this fall at Studio Windows, and Mark Yoshizumi mastered it. It brings me great joy to hear Jason’s new work – he is a dear friend (one of the first I made in NYC) and his musicality lifts any composition to which he contributes. I hope this is the first of many he’ll be sharing with us! “Letting Go Again” is available now on Bandcamp.
Nana Yamato – the Japanese teen who has previously released bedroom-dreampop singles as ANNA – has announced her debut album Before Sunrise. The lead single “If” premiered on Northern Transmissions and was featured on BrooklynVegan, along with a handmade animated video by Nana. I produced this record with Nana earlier this year during the lockdown in NYC, and the bright and dreamlike arrangements provided a welcome respite to the world around us. I mixed & mastered the LP at Studio Windows this summer. Before Sunrise is out February 5 via Dull Tools & Big Love Records.
Protomartyr – who just released the excellent Ultimate Success Today earlier this year – have announced the live album Security By Shadows. The set is from a show in 2014 that I recorded at Sugar Hill Supper Club, along with Parquet Courts (who were celebrating the release of Sunbathing Animal), Future Punx (who also released an excellent new album earlier this year), and Xerox. I mixed and mastered the performance this summer at Studio Windows, and the limited-edition vinyl-only release is available now for pre-order directly from the band.