I spent the summer doing a lot of tracking for Ocean Music's latest full length record. Ocean Music is helmed by Richard Aufrightig, who also plays solo as Field Poet and is an incredible songwriter whom I've respected for a long time. The band has been playing out a ton and sound great together. We went up to The Building in Marlboro NY and did a week of all-live tracking. And then brought back a very alive, very vibey record to put the finishing touches on in the city. D. James Godwin (LZNDRF, Bob Weir) is doing the mix.
Had the chance to mix a couple of great short films this season, including Noah Hutton's "Random Legal Move" (feat. Devika Bhise and Arliss Howard), which is part of a film project by the Imagine Science Films. They gave 7 film-makers budgets to make films following certain parameters. Noah made a compelling thriller about AI. The mix was a really dynamic one, driven by a pulsing, dramatic score that Noah composed and performed. I also mixed a short directed by Luke Slattery, featuring Bradley Michael Hall (The Mayor). It's kind of a short epic about a man charged with a divine purpose. It's full of great actors.
Amazing run of press for Tica Douglas' "Our Lady Star Of The Sea" -- Interviews on MTV, Bandcamp, IMPOSE. I got to spend this season in the studio with some incredible artists, including doing full-band tracking for Nutshell, who's recording an EP and full-band tracking for Tiff Ortiz, who's also doing an EP. Both were recorded at Seaside Lounge.
This month (January), Tica Douglas' first single, "The Same Thing" was released. It's the first single off of "Our Lady Star of the Sea, Help and Protect Us", Tica's debut on Team Love Records (available now for preorder on Vinyl & cassette!). Tica and I made this record together over a string of long, deep sessions this summer, in various locations in upstate New York and in Brooklyn. The record was the first time we took a crack at producing tracks with layers of guitars and vocals and all sorts of complex arrangements, while maintaining Tica's beloved, intimate sound. Tica and I had done both of their first two records together in a lot more of a whirlwind fashion, and we thought these songs wanted to be a part of a record with a different vibe. As a result, I think Tica's musical voice really shines on this one. Jonny Schenke mixed and mastered the record, and brought out both the raw immediacy we were going for, but also added some flourishes to existing arrangements. It's a thrill that it's coming out on Team Love Records, a label I've been a big fan of since they put out The Felice Brothers' debut record. A couple of more singles are gonna be dropping, with the record coming out in May!