After a year of travelling all over the world, writing songs, and playing music, we are so happy to be recording our first full length original album! We feel very fortunate to be joined by some of our favorite Seattle musicians and to have the help and support of friends and family in so many different ways.
We’ve launched a Kickstarter to help support the project.
We spent the first three days recording basic tracks with Dave Bush (drums) and Ben Fox (bass). I’ve gotten to know Dave as we’ve played together in Golden Tree Story for the past couple of years. The three of us started playing together when Sean and I returned to Seattle this spring, and have enjoyed playing a few gigs as a trio this summer. We met Ben a few weeks ago at a show we played at Conor Byrne with the Resonant Rogues. We were both blown away by his playing, and agreed to ask him to be a part of the project as well.
Making notes during rehearsal for recording “Stephanie’s Daughter”
Tim Franklin, who is producing/engineering these sessions, flew in last week from Pennsylvania to work with us in rehearsal and do pre-production for the recording. This week he has been doing everything from setting up mics, to trouble-shooting sounds, to suggesting lyrical changes. He also brought and is sharing his new AeroPress coffee maker, which makes amazingly strong and delicious coffee. We couldn’t imagine embarking on this recording project without him.
Sean and Tim discussing a take
Our good friend Tegan’s father Cebe is away on a hiking trip this week, and has ever so generously let us convert his beautiful Bainbridge Island home into a recording studio, in exchange for the care and feeding of his sweet cat, Tucker. We knew this would be a good space, it’s main virtues including hard wood floors, high ceilings, and a beautiful and serene setting, away from all of the sounds of the city, but we had no idea how well we would be able to tailor the space to fit our needs.
Sean in his back porch “isolation booth.” He was surrounded by a beautiful forest as we recorded.
We knew that we’d have Dave set up his drums in the living room, and we were pretty sure that we would put Ben in the adjoining kitchen with his bass, baffled off from the main room. After exploring a bit and experimenting with sounds in different parts of the house we discovered that Sean’s acoustic guitar sounded amazing on the glass enclosed porch just off of the living room, creating an isolation booth for the guitar with a direct line of sight between guitar, drums, and bass.
We also realized that we could put me in the office above the living room, running cables to my mics and headphones through a grate in the floor, and were delighted to realize that we would be able to record drums, bass, guitar, and violin altogether, live.
We came out of the first three days of recording feeling just the right kind of tired, and incredibly grateful to everyone who joined us on the island for the first part of our project. We’ll be joined by a few more musicians soon, and will be spending the next few day adding vocals, banjo, cello, and wurlitzer. More info, photos, and video from the sessions coming soon!
Throughout the past year, whether we were in Italy or France or Florida or even Montana, Seattle in the summer was on our minds. Neither of us grew up here, but both of us moved here because of it–clear skies and lovely breeze, the perfect temperature, surrounded by the lush greenery created by the other nine months of rainy misery. It’s the season where we both fell in love with the city, the season where we first started playing together–the season where we fell in love.
After an absence of nine months, we returned to Seattle in May, and it seemed as though we’d beaten the summer weather here. We didn’t have much time to lament the overcast cold days though. There wasn’t much time for anything but playing. But after few weeks of drizzly busking and rained-out events the summer finally arrived.
Now that we are safely settled in Seattle for the summer, we’d like to share some of our favorite photos from our homecoming tour. Sean and I had such a great time visiting friends and family and playing music for new friends and old, that we are thinking of doing another tour of a similar nature in the fall, with even more stops along the way! What better way to tour than to combine spending time with the people we love and playing music?
We hadn’t seen our adopted home of Seattle in nine months. Seattle, the place where we met, where both of us have spent the majority of our adult lives. What would it be like to see it again? What would it be like to see people we know, to play at the Pike Place Market, to stop in at all of our favorite haunts, all the familiar places, dodge the all-too-familiar drizzle? Would it be summer? Would it still be soaking spring?
But first we had to get there.
We flew from Paris to Minneapolis, MN with only a brief stop in the Iceland airport. Our schedule started almost immediately when we arrived– Rachel had set up a five-date tour back to Seattle, and our three days of space between flying and tour would be occupied almost entirely by visiting friends, recovering from jet-lag, and finding a car for our drive back to Seattle.
Directed by Sean Michael Robinson and Cody David Price
Cinematography by Christian Marchi and Grant Spruce
Animations by Sean Michael Robinson and Grant Spruce
Edited by Christian Marchi
“I Like Your Hat” written by Rachel Erin Sage
Rachel Erin Sage- guitar, vocals
Sean Michael Robinson- guitar, vocals
Produced by Tim Franklin and the Summer Januaries
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel LeGros
From the e.p. Looking Up