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The producer/engineer in me loves hearing when collaborations with artists go extremely well. A) because the end result is normally pretty damn good. B) because it shows there’s still a need for producers!
The DIY approach to making a record is definitely something I admire as well. But a good producer can take the pressure off of the artists and have them perform at their best, forgetting about all of the stress a studio can bring on. Someone who can make those final decisions when a band is in question of their work and what to do next is always helpful to have around.
This sounds like what happened with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on their 3rd record “Let It Sway”. After self-producing 2 solid records, they decided to trust a producer to help them out. And the results are absolutely phenomenal.
“Let It Sway” has quite a history behind the making of it. (Check out the making of video below) There was a lot of bike riding to studios, a band member with mono, dogs learning to drive stick shift, but the end result is something they should be very proud of.
The band was on the search for a good fitting producer and happened to be talking with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie guitarist) who decided he was going to jump in and make this record with them. A solid chunk of the record was recorded at Smart Studios (now unfortunately closed) with Beau Sorenson lending his talented hands and ears.
Have a look at the video for the Making Of “Let It Sway”
“Let It Sway” is a solid album from start to finish. The production is definitely noteworthy and the songs are the best I’ve heard from them. Unlike some records where the studio is the place to write and wank around, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin had about 75% of the songs worked out before they hit that record button.
8/31 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
9/1 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
9/2 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/3 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
9/4 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
9/6 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
9/7 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
9/8 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
9/10 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
9/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
9/12 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
9/13 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
All dates with Telekinesis