Recording DARKNESS with Lynne Earls was amazing. Link in bio to stream.
As a female artist, it’s a real pleasure to work with a female engineer/producer/studio owner. Lynne @earlypro has worked with some great artists including preeminent Brazilian musicians Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Canadian sing-songwriter KD Lang, American jazz and gospel singer Lizz Wright. Originally from Ireland, Lynne went to engineering school at the Liverpool School for the Performing Arts in England at a time when the trip hop scene was super strong. Not only did I feel safe to emotionally crack open in her studio, she also brought a wonderful world music flavored trip hop feel to the arrangement. She called in great players Jennifer Condos on bass and Peter Walden @peterdavidwalden of @rhythmartsalliance on cello. A highlight for me recording with Lynne was playing her wurlitzer keyboard. Sadly there are no pictures of this, next time.
I did a lot of crying in the studio while recording DARKNESS. I cried laying down scratch vocals as all the feelings that prompted me to write the song flooded back into my voice. That's the take we used to track to. I cried when Jennifer laid down bass, feeling there was a foundation of vibration harmoniously holding up my intention. I cried while Peter laid down his cello hitting on colors and notes I had imagined but did not have the capacity as a musician to articulate. The tears weren’t from sadness, but from release and satisfaction. I’m a catharsis junkie, that's how I know a song is working. Sometimes catharsis is articulated in laughter, or an urge to dance. With DARKNESS it was tears. I’m so grateful to Lynne, Jennifer and Peter for helping to fully manifest the sounds and feelings of this song. .
photos: @halmasonbergphotography & @earlypro .
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“Central Park’“ by Equalibrum
Certain hotspots in New York maintain a constant buzz, an energy that gives them an allure just like when you see them in the movies. The Mall in Central Park is like this on a rainy weekday in spring, ‘round mid-morning, when all the benches are empty and the crowds have gone to seek shelter elsewhere. “Central Park” captures, well, Central Park, in this very specific state: serene, but slightly off-kilter. Equalibrum is an alias to M. Pawlak who’s credited with all production, mixing and mastering on The Glare, the 2007 EP the track appears on.
Several Instragram filters’ worth of haze add the perfect dusting of mystique for the guitar chords that lilt and jump around a comfortably cozy introduction. Then, when you’ve grown into the sound, it grows and clarifies - it adds a flute, a drum kit, an electric organ and another guitar, and it bangs. It’s as if you were lost and stumbled upon the Bethesda Terrace, but it’s suddenly 1945 and it’s Ginger Rogers asking you to take a stroll with her. These instruments lend their voices to some very relaxing, cohesive vibes.
This song reinterprets Mandrill’s excellent cut “Central Park” from their 1971 album Mandrill Is. It tones down the energy and maximizes the intrigue of the song’s opening lines, flexing them over and over across that gnarly li’l beat. The effect is comforting; maybe even hypnotizing. I might recommend it soundtracking one of your lazy days around the house, when the cold and damp are shut out and away and you’re inside, drinking something warm and delicious, dancing around your apartment cause you’ve got nothing to do but dream of a lovely walk through Central Park.
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Curated by: @no_floecks_zone