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Matt, we talked about the possibility of distributing vinyl and sync licensing for some of my material. Here are the projects with audio to check out. All masters and publishing controlled by artists. I have some money for LP production and promotion.
Mono IN VCF
2018 vinyl reissue of 2008 album.
Combining psychedelic pop, soul, new wave, 1960s soundtracks and trip hop, Mono In VCF created a dark and moody sound. The band received heavy rotation on Seattle’s KEXP radio station, supported Jarvis Cocker live. The song “Masha” was featured as NPR’s song of the day.
Their 2008 self-titled debut album was co-produced by Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Brandi Carlile) and Hunter Lea, it features arrangements and vocal performances by Terry Jacks (The Poppy Family, “Seasons in the Sun”).
The album was critically well received and commercially disappointing. Over the years it has gained a small but dedicated cult following around the world, specifically Greece, France and Canada.
An analog orchestra of electric harpsichords, Moog synthesizers, Mellotrons, twangy guitars, soft girl voc-=als and celestial harmonies create a haunting, ethereal mood.
Melinda and Hunter Lea (Mono In VCF) were joined in the studio by drummer Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees, Truly), harmony singers Suzi Jane Hokom (Lee Hazlewood, International Submarine Band) and Wendell Ratliff along with percussionist Rick King, heavily utilizing Hal Blaine’s (The Wrecking Crew) vintage tambourines and shakers.
Their debut album, Distant Horizons, is a synthesis of psychedelia, dream pop, orchestral baroque pop, 1960s soundtracks, kraut-rock and spaghetti western music. It was recorded at Uptone Recorders in Tacoma, WA/Timeless Studios in Los Angeles and mixed by Brian Kehew (Air, The Moog Cookbook).
The Painkillers have been called "ghost country" and "haunted americana." On their third album(first one recorded by Hunter Lea) the band "ride the snake" and create a mesmerizing atmosphere of psychedelic space rock and cosmic folk.
John Massoni has a vast and rich back catalog of music including the early 1980s post punk Gun Club-like A Western Family, The shoegaze dream poppers, Weather Theater and many other projects including working with Pete Kember (Sonic Boom,Spaceman 3) and a Nick Cave,Lanegan-esque unreleased acoustic album recorded during 1993 in London. I'm currently working on a new album with John at my studio in Tacoma Uptone Recorders.
A Western Family
With Pete Kember
Unreleased 1993 acoustic album
2018 album with Hunter
Cloud Cashes Till
A studio group featuring the songs and music of Hunter Lea with the lush dreamy wall of harmonies by Wendell Ratliff, Kevin Poleski and Shayne Weeks. Psychedelic folk rock looking to the future, while trying to capture the spirit of 1967-68 recording studio experimentation.
Michele O'Malley was a ubiquitous vocalist on 1960s Curt Boettcher productions. She was a member of The Ballroom and her vocals can be heard on albums by Sagittarius, The Millennium, Bobby Jameson and more. These home recordings have the familiar voice from Curt Boettcher's "magic pop" but also has a ethereal Bjork/Linda Perhacs vibe. Recorded in the late 1990s before she passed away. I've been approached about releasing this music and potentially adding backing tracks, as the music was unfinished.
The Low Humbles
Inspired by 1960s orchestrated soft pop studio productions, breezy folk rock and the British invasion, The Low Humbles began as an Andrew Sandoval (Monkees, Bee Gees, Come to the Sunshine) solo album but something different came together. Andrew and producer Hunter Lea began writing songs together and decided to form a group… The Low Humbles!