Every instrument that we recorded, every piece of wiring, everything we used to make this possible is on the front cover (photographed in the room, on the bed, where it was recorded) and we made a pact to only record in mono, using an SM57 for every instrument. So while there are overdubs, everything is coming to the listener through one microphone. Pretty neat.
The pink kerchief was used as a pop-screen so our B's and P's and windy S's didn't explode your ears. The pop screen was being used in The Living End (Studio B, shall we say) at the time. When I say Studio A and Studio B, It's a joke: Just two different rooms in the same house.
Sometimes you can hear the people in the other rooms of the house, as we were recording at all hours with friends around outside the little doorway.
Julia and I wrote our lyrics apart from one another for the most part and she put the musical ideas we recored in Garageband onto her cellphone to carry with her. We brought them together and brainstormed most of the choruses to bridge the two ideas together for each song. Honeybooks is about being alone with your imagination and that inner working space, even when you are with someone else; There's something so important to me about late nights by myself working on something creative and exploratory, twiddling dials and moving microphones around is the same feeling as getting lost in a book for 4 or 5 hours. Cold House (On The DL) is an ode to my favourite little house on Bay Street. Eternally cold from pure stubbornness.
We hope you enjoy!
released October 20, 2008
All Instruments by Julia Wakal and Aidan Knight
Recorded and Written at The Bedroom Studio A
Mixed at The Living End
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