A desire for things that grow organically and without force, shoehorning, or calculation. These are guiding principles of the musicians in EMOT. EMOT has slowly gathered energy and coalesced as a unit around Matt Leavitt, Robert Mulrennan, Dan Choma and Justin Hartke. Leavitt’s spare, hissed demos have sprouted to life reflecting new directions and refocused intent of the new lineup.
Fresh off the release of the debut Two Drunks in the spring of 2010, the group recorded their new record Make You Electric in small bits over a 4 month period at Shock and Audio in Minneapolis. In breaks and free moments from other obligations and bands, bits of guitar, percussion, organs, Wurlitzer and looped elements were added and layered to the live-tracked skeletons. The congested atmosphere of Lyndale and Lake could not be a starker contrast to rural Southern Minnesota where Leavitt has moved to after 8 years in St. Paul. Utilizing 60 year-old tube microphones, half-inch tape and crackling amplifiers, engineers and studio owners Bill Stertz and Mike Ramirez steered the 10 tracks, gave them space, breadth, and warmth.
These songs on Make You Electric arrived during periods of respite from transition, finishing school, marriages, fraying relationships, relocating to the country. The moments in that change can be shimmering, challenging, opportune, and thoughtful. All of those are thematic elements throughout the record. “Ancients” is the album’s lyrical center, embodying the slow process of stepping outside of yourself into a new role and new ways of being. EMOT continues forward in this enduring spirit of exploration and maturation.
released September 13, 2011
Dan Choma-Drums, Keyboards, Sampling
Matt Leavitt-Vocals, Guitars, Banjo, Keyboards, Loops
Robert Mulrennan-Guitars, Loops
Recorded 4/11-7/11 at Shock and Audio (Minneapolis, MN) by Bill Stertz and Mike Ramirez
Mixed by Bill Stertz, Mike Ramirez, and Emot
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Magneto (Minneapolis, MN)
Art & Design by Zach Koss
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