“Ride Your Horse” is the newest single from Beijing “transnational blues” guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong’s upcoming album Phantom Rhythm. NPR premiered the track, writing “Depending on your ear, the Beijing-based guitar-and-bass duo could sound like The Feelies‘ stuttering post-punk, Bo Diddley‘s rock and roll boogie or Tinariwen‘s droning desert blues. But this unplaceable sound and drummer-less format encourages Gong Gong Gong’s reckless and razor-sharp rhythms to reshape rock and roll.” Paste, Pop Bollocks, and Raven Sings the Blues all had words to say about it too, and Aquarium Drunkard interviewed the band from Beijing. I produced Phantom Rhythm with the group in NYC, recording at Seaside Lounge and mixing at Studio Windows. Phantom Rhythm is out October 4 via Wharf Cat Records – stream the video (directed by bassist Joshua Frank) and pre-order the album now!
NYC synth-rockers Operator Music Band are back with their new album Duo Duo. I’ve mixed the band’s past couple (excellent) releases (Puzzlephonics and Coordination), and this is my favorite work that we’ve done yet. Don’t take my word for it – both Gold Flake Paint and Pop Bollocks both wrote glowing reviews: “Flamboyant, buzzing with energy, it’s a beautiful piece of art-pop, mirroring the spread of colours found across the album’s imagery. Meticulously produced, the record succeeds in that rare triumph of feeling both freely loose and exquisitely sequenced, able to follow-up regimented beats with a burst of shiny exuberance; a sudden burst of firework against a grey and plaintive sky.” I helped with production and recording (alongside Henry Terepka, Lorenzo Wolff, and the band) and mixed the record at Studio Windows. Duo Duo is out now on Broken Circles – pick up a copy and stream below!
October Song, the sophomore album by otherworldly pop trio Lightning Bug, is out now. I’ve been a fan since they came into the studio to master their debut Floaters (NME’s #4 Best Debuts of 2015), and was thrilled to master this one too. Simultaneously stranger and more ethereal than their debut, October Song still packs some beautiful melodies and a powerful punch. The new album has already received some similar accolades, with an 8.0 on Pitchfork (“gorgeous and hypnotic”) and a full-album debut on Hype Machine. Stream it below, or head over to their Bandcamp to download this and their other fabulous releases. October Song is out now on Marbled Arm Records.
Post-Trash has premiered “Fly By”, the latest single by NYC noise-rock duo ESSi. It comes from their debut LP Vital Creatures, which we recorded at Thump Studios last year and mixed/mastered at Studio Windows. Check out the stellar video (by Brett Ciampa) and lead single “Pines and Cones” below. Vital Creatures is out September 20 via Ramp Local.
NYC electronic-rock quartet Operator Music Band return with “Rex”, the newest single (and one of my personal favorites) from their upcoming LP Duo Duo. I co-produced (with Henry Terepka of Zula), co-recorded (with Lorenzo Wolff and the band) and mixed the record at Studio Windows. Fun Fact: the cover sculpture was designed and built by my Eaters collaborator Christopher Duffy! Listen to “Rex” below, along with their previous singles “Mondo” and “Slim Spin”. Duo Duo is out October 4 via Broken Circles.
NYC guitar-ace Jessica Ackerley (ESSi, Gold Dime, et al) has released A New Kind Of Water, a new record with her quartet (Sarah Manning – Saxophone, Mat Muntz – Bass, Stephen Boegehold – Drums). This heady slice of avant-jazz was recorded and mixed by Martin Bisi, which I mastered earlier this year. Stream it below and head over to her Bandcamp to pick up your copy.
“Some Kind of Demon”, the new single from Beijing guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong, is streaming now on The FADER. It comes from Phantom Rhythm, the full-length LP I produced with the group, recorded at Seaside Lounge (on my fave Otari MX-5050 8-track) and mixed at Studio Windows. Check out the song below along with “Notes Underground”, the first single from Phantom Rhythm, out October 4 via Wharf Cat Records.