After being held away in a recording studio for eight months, Marshall Lewis is releasing his second EP, Learned, locally on November 10th. Lewis co-produced the EP with his manager and engineer, Kevin Flick (Puddlegum). Both are perfectionists in the studio, unafraid of tossing songs after spending several weeks on them. Learned comprises six songs, including an instrumental track that splits the EP and sets the tone for the second half.
These six songs feature their dear friend, Jeff Hockett (Jake Dodds), on pedal steel, and Andrew Henry on viola. Jeff tracked pedal steel for two songs, Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, and and instrumental, Lost River. Andrew Henry provided layers of viola that intersperse the second track and paints the landscape for the stirring instrumental.
Lewis recorded all of the instruments for three songs: Erased, Under the Wave, and Look Around. Marshall fingerpicked acoustic guitar, classical guitar, and electric guitar, and also tracked banjo, keys, percussion, and nearly all of the vocals on the EP. “Nothing is auto-tuned on this EP, which attests to Marshall’s determination of tracking until we have the right take. The studio brings out his creativity, and I sometimes struggle to keep up as he instinctively lays down layer after layer.” explains Kevin Flick.
Videographer and drummer Zak Stoldt (The Stills) tracked drums and percussion for Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, and is producing a music video for Look Around and Lost River. Stoldt is Marshall’s live drummer, and has become and integral part of the band. Drew Cox (Jake Dodds) skillfully laid the percussion for the opening track, Wild. Wild also features Peter Frey (Kazyak) on electric guitar, and Robert Widlowski on bass. Stephen Baker also backs Marshall on vocals on the opening song.
Dick Huey of Toolshed (Sufjan Stevens, Merge Records) has called the EP, “Brilliant music.” Marshall Lewis is planning a PR campaign with Toolshed, set to begin in January.
released November 10, 2015
All songs written by Marshall Lewis, (c)2015.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kevin Flick and Marshall Lewis.
Marshall Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, banjo, keys, percussion
Peter Frey - electric guitar (Wild)
Robert Widlowski - bass (Wild)
Drew Cox - drums, percussion (Wild)
Jeff Hockett - pedal steel (Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms)
Zak Stoldt - drums, percussion (Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, Lost River)
Andrew Henry - viola (Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, Lost River)
Stephen Baker - background vocals (Wild)
“[Marshall Lewis] is still a young soul dealing with old issues but now from the vantage point of someone who has punched
through the tangled webs of myriad volatile emotions, mastered his crafts in the process, and left a platonic, beseeching love letter to the world” (NUVO)....more