"This record is ruthless and filled with weather. Sometimes rain-addled, green, and gasping; sometimes barren, scorpion-infested desert fire; sometimes constellations. The band (more a friendly militia) seamlessly oscillates between each micro-climate. They are skilled navigators.
There are moments that bloom and flourish, suddenly, and your fingers mash at the increase volume button, to make it even bigger, or to somehow get it loud enough that it becomes tangible: vines growing up your chair, coyotes howling, flies struggling inside pitcher plants, a campfire. This cannot just be sound.
Despite its seriousness, there is something very devious here. Something a little romantic, too. Occasionally the music has a smirk; the awesomeness of feeling wretched. "Late Bloomer" has a mischievous nautical jauntiness. The drums in "Ooh Ooh Ooh" cascade like rocks thrown off a cliff. “In Formation” is so epic, the sun and moon can’t decide whose turn it is to shine.
Rakes was recorded nomadically, in the months between winter and spring, across the pacific southwest, some in studios, and some in an old garage and other homes. Field recordings were made, at a pond, in the rain, among the birds, adding to the soundscape provided by a variety of toys and childhood amusements."
released November 16, 2010
Produced & Mixed by Dirk Doucette and Tommy Santee Klaws at Pine Axis, Christmas Tree Lane, 2023, Slow Stream, and ProHaus. Mastered by John Thompson & Jim Reynolds at ProHaus. Featuring the musical talent of Donna Jo, Samuel Seree, Danny Banes, Jason Boles, Dirk Doucette, Tom Paige, Blasting Company, and Andrew MacIver.
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