Baltimore’s Other Colors have been mining the well of “exploratory pop” music for the past few years, putting out home recordings driven by infectious melodies, vocal harmonies and atmospheric lo-fi production. Comprised of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Ryerson on guitar and vocals, Pat Berberich on bass guitar and vocals, and Dan Whatley on keyboard, guitar and vocals, the group teamed up with members of Dope Body and Wye Oak for their latest album, Free Thoughts, now available digitally and on cassette via Genpop. Stream it below.
Other Colors play our co-presented show in Toronto tomorrow night alongside Jacco Gardner and company. Details HERE.
Poster by Jessica Milton
For our next show, we’re teaming up with our old pals at Embrace Presents and our new found friends at Justshows.com for this sure-to-be-excellent night of music featuring Dutch psych-pop artist Jacco Gardner, Slim Twig, Other Colors and The Taste! It’s all happening on October 22 at the Garrison in Toronto.
Advance tickets ($8.50) available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & via Embrace.
Dutch psych-pop artist Jacco Gardner is releasing a new 7″, featuring a pair of new songs, on September 24 via Trouble in Mind. You can hear one of the tracks, “The End of August,” below. Additionally, will be co-presenting Mr. Gardner when he comes through Toronto with Baltimore’s Other Colors and The Taste on October 22 so keep an eye out for ticket contests in the coming weeks.
Pre-order a copy of 7″ from the good people at Trouble in Mind.
In his book The Poetics of Rock, Albin Zaks explains that recording “includes many skills and sensibilities not traditionally associated with musical composition.” Zaks was one of few, aside from perhaps Les Paul, who foresaw the future of recording and the ways in which it would not only change music, but alter the ways in which musicians were able to create it. Today, we are seeing an increasing number of musicians who rarely enter a traditional studio, but can create an entire record all on their own with only a few microphones and an 8 track. It eliminates the need for a band, and it allows the genius of one musician to come alive without any outside help. Take Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker or Matt Mondanile’s early Ducktails recordings, or perhaps the latest example in Dutchman Jacco Gardner. Mining a well of 60s influences and studio masters like Syd Barrett, The Zombies, Curt Boettcher, Gardner’s debut LP for Trouble in Mind, Cabinet of Curiosities, traverses a similarly psychy-pop trail and was recorded entire by Gardner in his “Shadow Shoppe” home studio in Zwaag, Netherlands. But, like Parker, Gardner also sought help from a seasoned veteran to during the mixing and mastering process, famed studio engineer Jan Audier who worked on albums by Q65 and Golden Earring (in Parker’s case it was Dave Friedman of Flaming Lips fame). Hear Gardner’s lush arrangements and studio wizardry in the standout album track, “Where Will You Go,” below.
Purchase Cabinet of Curiosities here.