Category Archives: Behind The Release

A series of in-depth interviews with distinctive producers and music-makers, focusing on a notable new release.

Behind the Release: Something – 5 Questions with Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift

Something is an unusual record. It’s atmospheric yet danceable, plaintive but poppy. Its sound sparkles with a lustrous coat of wax, but it’s unafraid to remain decidedly off-kilter if not a little weird. Underneath the shimmering production are Caroline Polachek’s startlingly well-performed vocals and a good handful of strongly-written songs. Chairlift has gone through a […]

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Behind The Release: The Magnetic Fields’ Love at the Bottom of the Sea

On March 6th, The Magnetic Fields are slated to release Love at the Bottom of the Sea. It will be a return to form for the band and for their primary member, the absurdist songwriter and Morrissey-sound-alike Stephin Merritt. After releasing 1999’s critically acclaimed 69 Love Songs, Merritt decided to abandon the drum machines and […]

Also posted in All Stories, March 2012 | Comments closed

Behind The Release: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical

The self-released indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were celebrated by the blogosphere, then shunned. They’re back with what may be their most masterful record. But will listeners notice this time around? In the summer of 2005, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah emerged and became a case study in how to succeed as […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2011, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Behind The Release: Bjork Biophilia

This week, we count down to our AES presentation “The Studio As An Instrument” with panelist Damian Taylor (The Prodigy, Arcade Fire, Austra) who tells us about using custom interfaces and robotic instruments to create Björk’s Biophilia. When Damian Taylor tells me about the making of Björk’s Biophilia, it’s with the inflection of someone who’s […]

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Behind The Release: Wilco “The Whole Love”

Wilco is one of those rare bands that have become something of a household name without the benefit of media saturation or even a single platinum-selling release. They’re the sort of players who seem to attract more GRAMMY nods and diehard fans than bell-weather listeners. And, although their roots are as deep in classic Americana, […]

Also posted in All Stories, October 2011, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Behind the Release: Cults

Before Sony’s Columbia record label picked up the Brooklyn band Cults, they made do with a spare Bandcamp page and a text-only website to list upcoming shows. Cults’ Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion Bloggers world-round seemed to marvel at the band’s ability to ignite industry interest without Facebook and Myspace – much like the rest […]

Also posted in All Stories, Most Popular, September 2011, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Behind the Release: Booker T. Jones’ The Road From Memphis

From the beginning of our conversation, engineer Gabe Roth’s tone is decisive: “To me, Booker T. Jones is an institution, man. As an essential part of the MGs he not only backed on, but also wrote and produced hundreds of great recordings. I find records all the time with his name on them in one […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2011, Most Popular, SonicScoop, Techniques | Comments closed

Behind the Release: Sondre Lerche

“I think it’s my most intuitive record,” says Sondre Lerche. “It was fast. Super fast.” There’s a boyish charm about this Norwegian-born songwriter that’s hard to miss. In person, Lerche is immediately engaging. Sandy-haired, with a quirky kind of handsomeness and perpetually lopsided smile, he bounces subtly in place as he speaks, giving him an […]

Also posted in All Stories, July 2011, SonicScoop, Techniques | Comments closed

Behind the Release: The Book of Knots “Garden of Fainting Stars”

THE SOUND: When told you’re about to hear a “Producer’s album,” it’s easy to imagine something like a finely-honed Swiss watch. The last thing to expect might be The Book of Knots’ critically acclaimed 2007 release, Traineater, a crumbling, over-wound, “endlessly clacking cuckoo-clock”- to borrow the words of Joel Hamilton, the Brooklyn-based producer/engineer who is […]

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Behind the Release: Here We Go Magic “The January”

BROOKLYN, NY — “I have a fever for this machine,” says Jen Turner of Here We Go Magic. Although it wasn’t always a smooth ride, she quickly fell in love with the 8-track reel-to-reel that captured almost every note of basic tracking on Here We Go Magic’s latest release, an EP titled The January. “It’s very dear […]

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