LIARS is back with a brand-new remix of “My Pulse To Ponder” by my group P.E.! Brooklyn Vegan premiered the remix, writing “P.E. have turned it into a saxy, skronky club track that is basically a whole new, awesome song.” Check out the statements from Angus and me & Jonny Campolo, the video (by Jonny C), and pick it up over at Bandcamp. The Apple Drop is out now on MUTE Records.
Angus Andrew of LIARS – “I’d classify ‘My Pulse To Ponder’ as the zaniest track from The Apple Drop so it felt apt to hand it over to the happiest band I know – P.E. Jonathan Schenke, as part of his day job, mixed The Apple Drop and so already had deep insight into the song’s inner workings. In fact, while mixing ‘My Pulse To Ponder’, JS had wielded significant influence by encouraging me to push this song further to its extreme – at which point a horn section was added.”
P.E. – “One of the recurring conversations between Angus and members of P.E. has been about how affable people get known for making ‘dark’ music, and ways to bring ‘fun’ into the mix without sounding too corny. With the ‘I Gotcha!’ remix of ‘My Pulse To Ponder’, we scavenged samples from the original and reshaped them into something completely different, a Frankenstein-ed banger built from two different directions. Staying true to the maximalist palette of The Apple Drop, we dubbed, scrubbed, washed and dried ‘My Pulse To Ponder’ until it resembled both of our worlds, like looking through a kaleidoscope at both bands. As the single artwork suggests, the song sounds like peeling back LIARS to reveal the sneaky shock of P.E. freaking out behind the curtain.”
Absolute Purity – an experimental pop group from Shanghai, China – have just released their Angus Andrew (Liars) produced LP We Fought Over The Moon. The original plan was for Angus and I to fly to China to record with the group for a week in early 2020, but those plans were scrapped with the outbreak of Covid. Instead, this album became a year-long international remote endeavor: Angus & the band worked out song arrangements between Australia and China, the band tracked the songs in Guangzhou with Yang Fan (who has also worked with Gong Gong Gong), I mixed at Studio Windows in Brooklyn, and Lachlan Carrick mastered it at Moose Mastering in Melbourne. These songs truly took on a life of their own, and it’s exciting to be able to share them with the world! We Fought Over The Moon is out now on Ruby Eyes Records.
The Apple Drop – the tenth record from avant-rock shape-shifters Liars – is out now. The LP has already garnered rave reviews from the likes of NME (“their most refined, accessible record yet”), Allmusic (“audacious, ambitious”), Pitchfork (“the best thing Andrew has done in at least a decade”), Bandcamp Daily (Album Of The Day – “a release as cathartic as a comeback and as exciting as a debut, a paradoxical reminder of how special this utterly strange band is”), The Quietus (“a beautiful, weird, heartfelt and uncanny album”), Brooklyn Vegan (Album Of The Week – “almost like all eras of Liars existing at once, a bit of sonic string theory that is immensely satisfying”), and Loud & Quiet (“one of the most compelling bodies of work in modern music”).
The Apple Drop was recorded at Oceanic Studio with Laurence Pike and Cameron Dyell, and at home by Angus Andrew (with lyrical contributions from Mary Pearson Andrew of High Places); I mixed the record and did additional production at Studio Windows; and it was mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering. I am incredibly proud of this record – it’s certainly some of my best work, and I think some of the band’s too. For even more about the record, check out these interviews in Rolling Stone and Stereogum, and the live performance they shot at Phoenix Central Park in Sydney. The Apple Drop is out now via MUTE 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-Opthey 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.
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.
“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.
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.
My group P.E. (featuring members of Pill & Eaters) has released our latest single “Soft Dance.” Stereogum calls it “a beguiling slow shuffle filled with horns and little guitar licks that make up something that has a lot of empty space but also never stops moving. It might not inspire dancing, but it might inspire the sort of introspective light you can find on a dance floor;” BrooklynVegan and Ears to Feed picked up the song as well. I also participated in a Talkhouse interview with Angus Andrew from Liars (one of my favorite groups of the last couple decades) and my bandmate Jon Campolo (who also makes all of the artwork for P.E.) – it was so fun to talk about sound together! “Soft Dance” is from P.E.’s debut album Person, out March 6 via Wharf Cat Records.
P.E. – my new group with members of Pill and Eaters – has released our first single “Top Ticket”, featuring a remix by Liars. Stereogum premiered the track, BrooklynVegan called the group “a veritable sonic Reese’s Cup”, while Ears To Feed and Pop Bollocks wrote more in-depth track reviews. “Top Ticket” is the first taste of our debut LP Person, which is due March 6 on Wharf Cat Records. The album was produced at Studio Windows, edited and arranged from live improvisations with the group, and mixed/mastered by myself. You can stream the tracks below, and pre-order Person on Wharf Cat’s site, the Special-Edition of which includes the bonus cassette Sick, Sad, Fun!