Eventide Audio, the legendary effects and gear manufacturer, recently announced their latest plugin TVerb. The plugin was developed in association with producer Tony Visconti, based on the fabled recording technique used on David Bowie’s “Heroes”, where he used multiple gated microphones placed at varying distances to capture the size of Bowie’s voice in the hall at Hansa Studios. I worked with designers Joe Waltz and Adrienne Humblet as an “alpha tester” and sounding board to help develop the plugin, and contributed a handful of presets I developed on the new Eaters LP. It’s not only a fantastic sounding reverb, but also an inventive approach to sound design that can yield some pretty unique results. Check out Tony Visconti introducing TVerb below.
The psych/prog sextet Cloud Becomes Your Hand have announced their new LP Rest in Fleas. I mixed and mastered the LP with head-Cloud Stephe Cooper and the band last fall, and I love this record – wild yet precise, hilarious and horrendous, it hits all the spots that you would want from a prog-pop opus. FACT Mag and Tiny Mix Tapes have both written excitedly about the new record, sharing a bonkers new trailer and the dizzying first single “Bridge of Ignorance Returns” (hear below). FACT says the band have “such a knack for silly, cartoonish melodies that it can almost distract that they’re one of the most technically dazzling experimental rock bands on the rise.” They’re hitting the road soon with label-mates Horse Lords… don’t miss out! Rest in Fleas is out May 27th on Northern Spy.
Honey Radar is back with another batch of lo-fi pop-gems called Blank Cartoon. Band-leader and old pal Jason Henn spoke with Noisey about the record, who also premiered the “busted pop” of the single “Fort Wayne Mermaids”. Pitchfork reviewed the track as well, writing “Lo-fi, catchy, and classic-sounding, Honey Radar’s albums evoke a dirt-covered Nuggets collection from an alternate universe.” Raven Sings the Blues shared the “hypnotic swirl and noxious chug” of “Caterpillar”, and Treblephonic posted an insightful interview about the background of the project. I mastered this LP over the winter, it’s awesome, and available May 20 on What’s Your Rupture.
Parquet Courts recently released Human Performance to widespread acclaim and are out on tour now in support of it, but before they left, we worked on an EP of remixes and alternate versions of the title track. I mixed a slower, more meditative version of the song called “Performing Human”, worked with my bandmate Bob Jones to create an Eaters remix, and mastered the EP (which also includes a dubbed-out remix by Chris P of Future Punx/Dull Tools). The EP is due later this year on Rough Trade.
After some well-deserved time off and stripping back to a quartet, hard rockers The Men have completed a new LP called Devil Music. They recorded it completely live (vocals and all) in their practice space with Jordan Lovelace (of Tournament/Pampers), and I recently mixed and mastered it at Doctor Wu’s. It’s totally gnarly and woolly – fans of The Men’s first few records will be thrilled. Devil Music should be out later this year.
I also recently worked with Mark Perro from the Men on another project – Midnight People, the debut album from MPHO. We recorded at Seaside Lounge at the beginning of the year, and mixed and mastered the LP at Doctor Wu’s. The group – which also features singer/songwriter Holly Overton and bassist Russ Hymowitz – shifted gears a bit on this recording, with the addition of a live drummer to the lineup. The record still shares much with the melodic synth pop of their first EPs, but pushes in a rock/new-wave vibe with the more “live-band” dynamic. Midnight People should hopefully be out soon.
I’ve recently put the finishing touches on Chroma, the new album by Australian dark-wave group Buzz Kull. I first worked with Marcel Whyler on his single “Dreams”, co-producing/mixing/mastering it, and paving the way to this record. It’s great – heavy and danceable rhythms, moody and memorable hooks, with an interesting array of sounds and textures. Chroma will be out later this year on Stellar Kinematics.
I’ve also been working with bizarro rock/synth noise band Ice Balloons to finish up their new LP. We recorded a handful of tracks down at Seaside Lounge earlier this year and the group recorded a number of others themselves. We took the batch into Doctor Wu’s to mix, and I’m mastering it now.
I’ve worked on a handful of masters over the last couple of months as well. Alex Zhang Hungtai (formerly Dirty Beaches, currently Last Lizard) sent me a record’s worth of solo piano and field recordings, entitled Nina. This beautiful and haunting collection will be out later this year on Ascetic House. I mastered a record of blissed-out synth jams by Barry London (of Oneida) for Decontrol Records; a single by Alex Rose, a singer-songwriter associated with GODMODE’s House of Feelings; a bluesy solo EP by lead Junk Boy Brian Chillemi; and the lead single by Obliques (formerly Zulu Pearls) for Cantora Records.
Many other projects are in the works too, and hopefully it won’t take another two months to update again… if it does, don’t forget to check out the Cloud Becomes Your Hand and Honey Radar records in the next few weeks! Thanks for reading.