We recorded our last three projects in Bellaire at a great studio with a wonderful engineer. As we thought about where to go next, though, we wanted to try a different direction. The past year has seen some major shifts in the band. Chris Graham came on board to play drums, and Jen Schaap transitioned from synthesizers to full-time bassist. These changes not only spurred us to write new material around our new sound, they also encouraged us to re-examine our older material and ask how we could elevate it to the next level. We realized that we had been moving in a much more organic direction, and we wanted a recording experience that would capture that.
Consequently, we listened to some of the albums by our favorite indie Michigan artists and tried to find out where they had recorded. A few months ago, Mark was particularly struck by the quality of Gregory Stovetop's new release, The Good Stuff. Although the musical style was different from Sky & Signal, the Stovetop record had the kind of live energy we were looking for. It turned out the album was recorded at La Luna Studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by Ian Gorman. Ian has worked on a number of recordings by national acts, and as we looked into his discography, we found that he's also recorded many Michigan artists we admire, such as Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Red Tail Ring, the Go Rounds, Big Dudee Roo, Breathe Owl Breathe, the Crane Wives, and many others. It seemed clear to us that if we could record with Ian, we'd be in good hands.
We made contact and booked some dates in early February. The new EP will contain all-new material, some of which we've fine-tuned live, and some of which we are still putting the finishing touches on in rehearsal. These songs feel more dynamic that what we've recorded previously: each song breathes. Lyrically, we continue to explore themes of dis/connection, nature, and authenticity. We are excited to share our new material with you.
About the band
Sky & Signal is a northern-Michigan indie dream-pop four-piece that draws from influences such as progressive rock, jazz, pop, and indie. Their music is a haunting update of the folk tradition; lyrically, they focus on the need for a deepening connection with the natural world. In 2017, the Northern Express named them one of the top five northern-Michigan artists to watch.
Jen Schaap- Bass, Vocals ; Ann Stebelton- Keys, Vocals; Mark Blaauw- Hara- Guitar; Chris Graham- Drums, Percussion
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge we have faced since the beginning of this project has been finding a way to integrate new instrumental voices while maintaining the foundation of sound that is essential to Sky & Signal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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