BASSET E.P. CD
BASSET E.P. CD
We recorded in the middle of winter at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, in rural Grey County. We spent our days recording as the snow fell outside, and slept in the studio at night. It was important to us to get out of the city and just focus on the music without distractions and make sure we could be as relaxed as possible. We all have a great love of the outdoors, so whenever we had a break we would bundle up and go for a walk through the snow in the woods behind the studio.
While we didn’t have an official producer, we had help from two of our mentors: Ryan Carr, who gave us a great deal of guidance in how to make our arrangements click, and John Showman of Lonesome Ace Stringband, who helped us to reign back some of our experimental energy and make sure the parts were simple and tight enough that we could play them well.
We wanted to keep it sounding very natural and raw, like a performance in a living room, and it was certainly never our intention to create a project that was perfect to every beat and note. We worked hard in our arrangements to create a strong sense of rhythm and groove even with our sparse instrumentation and omission of any kind of percussion, and we had to be very creative with our instruments to account for those things. We welcome this challenge and the inevitable scratchy moments that come out of it. Those moments keep the project feeling human.