NYC’s art-pop weirdos Foyer Red are back with “Pollen City”, which Stereogum calls “a satisfyingly disjointed jam”. “Pollen City” is the third (of three) songs I recorded with them earlier this year, but whereas “Pickles” and “Flipper” dated back to the groups first EP Zigzag Wombat, “Pollen City” was written by their current quintet lineup and points forward to their next batch of songs. These songs were tracked at Living Rooms and mixed/mastered at Studio Windows in February 2022, and are all available on the group’s Bandcamp.
Winnipeg slowcore dream-poppers Living Hour are back with their new LP Someday Is Today. The record was written up in Exclaim (“luxuriating in languid textures… balancing stormy swells with long stretches of gossamer softness”), Pitchfork (the songs “lead with magnetic atmosphere and melodies, venturing briefly into fuzz and dissonance only to return to an earworm”), Brooklyn Vegan (“lush, hushed pop”) and Northern Transmissions (“an album of delicate human connection and melancholic vulnerability”), and the band were featured in Our Culture. The LP was recorded in Winnipeg at No Fun Club, with Melina Duterte (aka Jay Som), Samur Khouja (Cate LeBon) and myself each handling production & mixing on a third of the record; Sarah Register mastered the album. I loved working with the band on these 4 songs (December Forever, Curve, Exploding Rain, and the single Miss Miss Miss), guiding them from afar and building the arrangements around their studio experiments. Someday Is Today is out now on Kanine Records.
90 In November, the debut album by Texas/NYC indie rock quintet Why Bonnie, is out now. The record has been getting good looks from all around – Paste (8/10), Loud And Quiet (8/10), Allmusic (3.5/5) and Pitchfork (6.9/10) – with interviews in Under The Radar and Brooklyn Vegan as well. Why Bonnie recorded these songs in Silsbee, TX with Tommy Read, and I worked with the group to flesh out the arrangements, mix, and master the album at Studio Windows. Working with Blair and Sam to shape and finish this record was a delightful experience, and I believe the results show that – I’m thrilled this LP is out in the world. 90 In November is out now on Keeled Scales.
Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts came out 10 years ago today! Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan both ran features to celebrate the anniversary, as the band continues to tour the world behind their seventh record Sympathy For Life. Making this record with them was like capturing lighting in a bottle… we recorded everything in three days onto a Tascam 388 in their old practice space, and mixed & mastered it in my old apartment in even less time. “Stoned and Starving” was the first song we tracked, and I still remember getting chills as I heard them bash it out in the room around me, crossing my fingers that everything was actually recording correctly. Needless to say, it did work, and in ways we never could have expected. Light Up Gold is out on What’s Your Rupture.
Louisville-based weirdo rocker trio Wombo are back with their new LP Fairy Rust. The record is Brooklyn Vegan’s Album Of The Week on Indie Basement (and you can read an interview with them elsewhere on the site), Paste Magazine says the album “casts an unbreakable spell”, and The Fader calls it “an intriguing art-rock elixir”. The band recorded with long-time collaborator Nick Roeder in Louisville, mixed with Dave Vettraino in Chicago, and I mastered it at Studio Windows in Brooklyn. Fairy Rust is out now on Fire Talk Records.
Winnipeg-based slowcore experimentalists Living Hour have released their latest single “Miss Miss Miss”. The song was featured on Stereogum, Under The Radar, Our Culture, and other zines, and comes with a video by Rebekah Hepner. “Miss Miss Miss” is one of 4 songs that I produced & mixed from their upcoming album Someday Is Today and it was an immediate standout to me. The band and I traded ideas and files back & forth, layering the arrangement and playing around as we went, to arrive at this blissed out single. The album was recorded at No Fun Club in Winnipeg, and also features songs produced & mixed by Melina Duerte (Jay Som) and Samur Khouja (Cate LeBon). Someday Is Today is out September 2 on Kanine Records.
NYC/Austin-based quintet Why Bonnie are back with their new single “Nowhere, LA”. The song was featured on Stereogum, Under The Radar, Clash, and other publications, and is the fifth song shared from their upcoming LP 90 In November. This song stands out in my memory as one really came together in the studio – replacing the vocals and adding layers of piano, guitar, and other textures to the arrangement – to become a standout on the album. I’m psyched it’s a single! 90 In November comes out August 19 on Keeled Scales.
NYC-based weirdo pop group Foyer Red are back with the new single “Pickles”, which Stereogum calls “tightly would and spunky”. I recorded this song at Living Rooms Studio and mixed/mastered it at Studio Windows with them earlier this year, and it is from the same sessions as the previously released “Flipper”. Like that song, these are from the same era as the Zigzag Wombat EP, but played live with the expanded quintet lineup they have now. These two new songs just scratch the surface of where this band is headed – y’all are in for a treat! “Pickles” and “Flipper” are available now on Bandcamp.
Medicine Singers – the full-length collaboration between Yonatan Gat and the Eastern Medicine Singers – is out now! The album takes powwow and traditional songs of the American indigenous peoples, infuses them with avant rock, jazz, and experimental electronic elements, and features a wide cast of musicians including Ryan Olson (Polica, Gayngs), Jamie Branch, Laraaji, Ikue Mori (DNA), and members of Swans (Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica). These songs were recorded and mixed by various people at a number of studios (including Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets and Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather), and I did additional mixing & production at Studio Windows for much of the album.
Medicine Singers is truly a record that must be heard to be understood. Check out these features and reviews from Bandcamp Daily, The Fader, Pitchfork, and FLOOD for more info about the record and its creation. Medicine Singers is out now on Stone Tapes/Joyful Noise Recordings.
They’ve since made the most of that happenstance, honing their industrial dancepunk sound into a gleaming and sleek set of razor’s edge grooves on sophomore album The Leather Lemon. The group’s penchant for experimental sounds hasn’t been smoothed over, but even as they continue to follow the thread of where their improvisation takes them, their songwriting has grown even stronger, whether on the dancefloor stomp “Contradiction of Wants” or the melancholy sophisti-pop ballad “Tears in the Rain.”
While you’re at Treble’s site, also check out this feature on Broadcast, where I wrote about Tender Buttons.