released August 5, 2016
STEVE ABEL singing 1-8 | acoustic 1,3,4,5,6,8 | electric 2,7
JOLIE HOLLAND singing 1,3,5,7,8 | violin 1,7,8 | cello 5 | shaker 3
SHAHZAD ISMAILY drums 1,5,7,8 | electric 3 | bass 1,5,8 | bv 1,3,8
GREY GERSTEN electric 1,5,7,8 | bass 3 | chompsky sfx machine 7
GEOFF MADDOCK electric 4,6 | bv 1,4,6 | bass 6
MILAN BORICH drums 2,3,4 | bv 2,4 | piano 2
BUZZ MOLLER bv 2
GARETH THOMAS piano, bv 4
MIKE HALL bass 4
COLE GOODLY drums 6
ED McWILLIAMS bv 6
This LP was tracked half in New York and half in New Zealand thanks to the crucial support of Jolie Holland and Creative NZ. The project occurred sporadically and with large gaps in activity from first NY recordings on 19 November 2009 to final mastering in NZ in mid 2015. Thanks for your patience.
Shahzad Ismaily recorded, engineered and was main logistics man on the NY stuff (tracks 1,3,5,7,8) which was captured at Rivington 66 in Manhattan. Milan Borich engineered and recorded First Part and pre-mixed, edited and did additional tracking on Best Thing, Trying and Dance and final mixes of First Part, Good Arm and Dance at The Wall Studios in Kingsland. Kerry Furlong (with Geoff Maddock) recorded Dance at Peak Rd in Kaukapakapa and engineered additional mixing and tracking at his place in Beaconsfield St, Grey Lynn. Geoff recorded Sidewalk Doves at Rick Bryant’s place in Newton. Joel Hamilton mixed Trying at his studio in Williamsburg and Milan added drums later. Hook mixed Not Going Anywhere at York St (RIP). Simon Gooding did final mixes of Best Thing, Sidewalk Doves and Luck/Hope at the Lab. It was mastered at The Lab by Oli Harmer. A bundle of work is not included here including a marvellous take of a song lost forever in cyberspace. Thanks to those musicians & technicians who also played a part – Anji Sami, Finn Scoles, Ben King, Nick Abbott, Patrick Nicholson, Max Corradi, Mika Doo, Jolyon Mulholland, Mike Gibson, Dougie Bowne and Jordan Stone.
In addition to all those already mentioned, great gratitiude to all contributors and supporters particularly: in NY: Florian Habicht and Teresa Peters (and for the vid!), Jan Bell, Gary Velletri, Jana, Dana, Masha at Ocean Avenue, Jenny Quilter, Ila Couch and Claude Coleman Jr., Carlos Ramirez, AlSarah; John Modell + Megan and Nick Franich in sunny LA; special thanks to Chris Gough, Jaime Gough
and all at Native Tongue Publishing; Anthony Healey and all at APRA NZ; Peter Baker and Rhythmethod; Lisa Paris and Lucy of The Label; much thanks to UK fellows: Sean Newsham, Mike Holdsworth, Howard Monk and Lucy Jamieson of The Local; Delaney Davidson; Jeremy McPike; Matt Crawley; Deborah, beloved Quinn and our many good friends and family, Dad, Kate and especially, in her keenly felt absence, presence and love, ‘Grandma Jan’, to whom this album is dedicated.
NZ distribution: peter at rhythmethod.co.nz
Management: lisa at thelabel.co.nz
Publishing: frances at nativetongue.co.nz
Booking: info at abelsong.com
Portrait by David McClunie in charcoal on board.
Design by Nick Eagles of The Letter Q.
All songs by Steve Abel © (P) 2015.