NYC celestial shoegazers Lightning Bug have signed to Fat Possum to reissue their most recent record October Song. I mastered this (which received an 8.0 on Pitchfork) and their debut Floaters (which NME ranked among the best debuts of the year), and am thrilled for this beautiful nugget to find a wider audience. October Song is available now on LP through Fat Possum.
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.
The self-titled debut from Brooklyn’s Beech Creeps is out now on Monofonus Press! Critical reaction (from press and fans) has been real good for these guys with another song (the massive slice of sludge “Arm of the T-Rex”) and a full album stream hitting Stereogum over the past few weeks. They share many kind words, calling the album “aggressively imaginative rock… [that] feels raw and blood-thirsty in a way that current rock just doesn’t anymore.” They also hit the nail on the head when they talked about the aspects of “fun” and “play” in this music – we had a blast making this record. I’m also just very proud of the work that we did, so it’s real treat to see if finding such an appreciative audience. Check it out now if you haven’t already!
Eaters recently released some new material as well – a contribution to the ‘Dreams’ series by the website Stadiums & Shrines. The premise is that each artist receives a collage of a foreign land, and musically interprets it as they imagine it. We chose Finland (which neither Bob nor I have been to), and the result is above. Make sure to visit the site in order to read the hilariously bizarre dream sequence they’ve depicted, replete with giants, talking reindeer, shape-shifters, soul-birds, and lots of laughter.
We also played a couple of fantastic Eaters shows in February. We started the month by playing with our Dull Tools homies Parquet Courts and Future Punx at Palisades on an instantly sold-out show. These three groups are so intertwined and supportive of one another, it was a wonderful family affair. And just recently, we supported Dan Deacon at the record-release show for his new album Gliss Riffer at Rough Trade NYC. It was an absolute treat to be a part of that show – playing some new material, on a proper stage and sound system, to a new audience, with an old friend on his big night. The L Magazine had some great things to say about us, and Impose took some fantastic photographs of the night.
I spent some time this month working with the duo Lushes on their upcoming album Service Industry. They recorded and will mix the record with Aaron Mullan (Sonic Youth‘s studio engineer and leader of the band Tall Firs), and we worked primarily on creating synth parts and providing treatments for samples and vocals. It was an interesting and different approach to record making for me – not that I haven’t done these things in the past, but that I usually work on those things during recording or mixing a record. Working exclusively on synths and treatments allowed us to expand the record while keeping the original sound/vision intact. I’m a fan of the band and their debut What Am I Doing?, and was really psyched to work with them on this one. Look for the record later this year on Felte.
I also started working with Forest Fire on their new record. Their previous record – 2013’s Screens – remains one of my all-time-favorite record-making experiences, and we were all twitching with anticipation to start a new record together. We did a few days of basic tracking at the end of the month, and will be passing files back and forth throughout the spring. I’m really curious and excited to hear how this album develops, but it seems to be refining and expanding upon the electro-romantic streak of Screens.
Make sure to visit Lightning Bug’s bandcamp page, where they’re posted their debut record Floaters as a pay-what-you-wish download and cheap cassette. I mastered this record earlier this year, based on an introduction through a mutual friend, and was mightily impressed by the quality of their work – a potent blend of Broadcast-style psychedelia, krautrock, shoegaze, and ambient drift. I just re-listened to it as I wrote this post – it’s great!
Also now available on bandcamp is Wondering Home, the new album by Hums & Haws. Matt and I worked together at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, so it was great to bring it back around again to work with him on this record. My friend Nick Broste recorded it, and I mixed much of it (along with a couple songs by fellow ESS engineer Todd Carter) and mastered it here in Brooklyn. Enjoy!
And in case you were wondering – yes, I re-did my website. Hope y’all like it.