“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.
Fans of Craig Leon and Harmonia take note: Thomas Seeley – a fixture of the Brooklyn music scene with his band Sleepies – recently released the 2020 EP. We mixed & mastered this together at Studio Windows during the fall, experimenting with various real-time effects to bring these compositions to life. It’s a transportive listen, and was a pleasure to work on – check out the 2020 EP below and head over to Thomas’ Bandcamp page for downloads.
Jason Kelly – former drummer & songwriter of such genre-bending groups as Fergus & Geronimo and Future Punx – returns with the new song “Letting Go Again”. Written, recorded, and performed entirely alone, the skewed & dexterous electronic-pop of “Letting Go Again” evokes feelings of McCartney II, John Maus, and R. Stevie Moore. I mixed the song this fall at Studio Windows, and Mark Yoshizumi mastered it. It brings me great joy to hear Jason’s new work – he is a dear friend (one of the first I made in NYC) and his musicality lifts any composition to which he contributes. I hope this is the first of many he’ll be sharing with us! “Letting Go Again” is available 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.
Protomartyr – who just released the excellent Ultimate Success Today earlier this year – have announced the live album Security By Shadows. The set is from a show in 2014 that I recorded at Sugar Hill Supper Club, along with Parquet Courts (who were celebrating the release of Sunbathing Animal), Future Punx (who also released an excellent new album earlier this year), and Xerox. I mixed and mastered the performance this summer at Studio Windows, and the limited-edition vinyl-only release is available now for pre-order directly from the band.
Tasmanian upstart punk quartet A. Swayze & The Ghosts have released their debut LP Paid Salvation. The album was produced and recorded by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, These New South Whales) in Melbourne, mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows in NYC, and features their previous big singles “Suddenly” (which came out on Rough Trade) and “Connect To Consume” (which is featured on the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater). Press has been raving about the band, with features in The Guardian (who gave the “end-to-end faultless” debut a 5-star review), Mojo (“this adrenalized debut’s handful of instant classics is way above par throughout” – 4/5 stars), and NME (“an intelligent, considered and passionate collection of art punk anthems with a smirking pop edge”). I was looking forward to seeing them this spring at SXSW and can’t wait to check out this band live – I imagine this album will only heighten anticipation worldwide. Paid Salvation is out now on Ivy League Records.
Welcome to Bobby’s Motel – the debut full-length by Montreal art-punks Pottery – has finally arrived! The record has been widely praised – Album Of The Week on both Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan, four-star reviews in NME and AllMusic, and a host of other loving reviews of the record, most of which include the word “fun” multiple times. I produced the album with the band last summer, recording in Montreal at Breakglass Studios and mixing in NYC at Studio Windows, with Josh Bonati providing the masters. Working on this LP was one of my all-time favorite record-making experiences, and I couldn’t be happier to finally share it with the world! Welcome To Bobby’s Motel is out now on Partisan Records & Royal Mountain.
Tasmanian punk band and Rough Trade-signees A. Swayze & The Ghosts are back with a new single and the announcement of their debut LP Paid Salvation. NME premiered “Cancer” along with a run-down of the record, which was recorded & produced by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnely) in Melbourne and mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows. “Cancer” is one of my favorite songs on the album – showcasing interesting sonic textures and an insanely catchy chorus. Paid Salvation is out September 18 via Ivy League Records.
The Freelancer’s Blues – the sophomore LP from outsider electronic-country troubadour Dougie Poole – is out today via Wharf Cat Records. Pitchfork called it “both wry and heartfelt, offering a kind of tongue-in-cheek spiritual audit for a modern age”, Flood Magazine marveled at his “knack for wordplay and subtle humor”, while AllMusic describes Dougie as a songwriter who “takes the formal structures of classic country and deliberately bends them into strange new shapes, while leaving the heart, soul, and passion intact, and the melodies strike a weepy bullseye throughout.” I am particularly proud of this record (which I co-produced/-recorded with Dougie and mixed at Studio Windows) and I could go on & on about working on this LP with Dougie: from conceptualizing it shortly after finishing Wide Ass Highway, to the detailed demos & coded spreadsheets we had for pre-production, to walking around Thailand after basic tracking singing “I Was A Buddhist For A Couple Days” to myself, to the quest for more “Dougie Poolisms” while finishing the LP, and the serendipity of him joining the Wharf Cat family. The Freelancer’s Blues is out now via Wharf Cat Records and available to stream/download via Bandcamp – do yourself a favor and pick it up!
Brooklyn’s day-glo retro-futurists Future Punx are back with a brand-new full-length called 2020. Band leaders Jake Pepper and Chris Pickering engineered and mixed the album largely on their own, and I assisted throughout the process – from song-selection and recording through additional production and preliminary mixing at Studio Windows. The resulting album feels like the strongest realization of their instant party-starting electro-rock dreams, just in time for summer! 2020 is currently available for streaming & download on their Bandcamp page, with plans for a physical LP due later this year via Dull Tools.