Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit) sent us a dispatch through his Bloodlust label that he was adding guest synth work and mixing in Studio B at ELECTRICAL AUDIO with ambient noise band Wrekmeister Harmonies. The project is the brainchild of JR Robinson, a Chicago-based sound artist that Solotroff says “explores the darkest corners of minimalistic synth, drone, and ambient music, combined with visual projections.” Think Tangerine Dream meets Einstürzende Neubauten. The band includes Solotroff, Yakuza frontman Bruce Lamont, Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) and Jef Whitehead (aka Wrest) of Leviathan. Wrekmeister Harmonies’ debut, You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me, was released last month on Thrill Jockey.
At Oak Park’s BOBDOG STUDIOS, Dav Ero continued work on new songs, enlisting keyboardist Dave Mathis to add piano, horn, bass, and strings . . . Dead Sea Squirrels, with Scot Robnett (guitar/vocals), Dale Schenekl (lead guitar), and Ryan Shepherd (drums), recorded basic tracks for their upcoming debut. BDS owner Bill Kavanagh filled in on bass and added backing vocals along with The Get‘s Laura Lopardo and James Berthiaume . . . The Hurtin Kind began recording tracks for their new CD with a new lineup. Singer-songwriter/guitarist Matt Rhodes and bass guitarist Bill Kavanagh have added Norman Leonard on lead guitar and vocals and Jerry King on drums to make it the tightest, most dynamic version of the band . . . Jim Jacob tracked the soundtrack of his new comedy short film at “industry-standard levels,” according to Kavanagh . . . Narciso “Seeso” Lobo won studio time recording one song with the band . . . 14-year-old country singer-songwriter Hope Rose finished her acoustic There Is No Way EP (accompanied by Scott Daniel on fiddle) in time for her show at FitzGerald’s American Music Festival last month. The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered at BDS . . . R&B band Circles continued work on their upcoming, soon-to-be titled debut . . . Henry Staggers continued tracking his CD of Christian rock, again adding the lead and rhythm guitar work of Chris Sechrist, Scott Daniel on fiddle, and Kavanagh on bass . . . Singer-songwriter Jewel Tancy recorded two of her most recent songs at the studio . . . Sam Troemel and Molly Peterson won the Concordia University “Battle for Life” Battle of the Bands fundraiser for Relay For Life and with it, three hours of studio time at BDS . . . Mac Woods, who spent many decades of his career as a remarkable Ray Charles impersonator, tracked and added vocals to his “community positive” new song, “Stop The Violence.”
At GRAVITY STUDIOS in Chicago, Sudden Dark is recording their full-length album with engineer/producer Erik Grant . . . Producer Chris Steinmetz‘s STONECUTTER STUDIOS in Chicago has also been recording, mixing, and mastering popular Chicago-based hip-hop artist Saguto.
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