Tokyo-based bedroom-dream-pop artist Nana Yamato is back with Before Sunrise (In Tokyo). The album is filled with alternate mixes and new (mostly acoustic) versions of songs from her debut album Before Sunrise. I mixed/re-mixed and mastered the songs earlier this year at Studio Windows, revisiting our work from the original and twisting the songs into new-yet-complimentary shapes. The physical copies sold out in eight minutes(!!), but you can download the album in full from Big Love Records’ Bandcamp page, and check out some videos below. Before Sunrise (In Tokyo) is out now on Big Love Records, (and a little bird told me that the US version of the original will be back in print soon).

Photo by Geoff Stanfield

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-Op they 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.

Before Sunrise – the debut LP from bedroom dream-pop artist Nana Yamato – is out now via Dull Tools & Big Love RecordsPitchfork 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.

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.