NEW MUSIC FROM PORTLAND

by samhowardmusic

Really excited to be featured on new vinyl records from two great Portland bands that just came out this past month:

THE CLEAR BLUE PEARL:

Is an epic concept album composed and envisioned over a period of two years by my roommate and friend Ben Darwish, and performed by the band Morning Ritual.  We recorded the bed tracks live over two days at Jackpot! studios with producer Paul Laxer (Typhoon) and later added extra orchestration featuring special guests Shook Twins to make the vision a reality.  It’s been garnering rave reviews in the local press, and we’re all really happy with how it came out!

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SWIM:

Alt-Indie-Jazz outfit Blue Cranes has long been one of my favorite bands, their ability to meld genres, cross boundaries and connect with diverse audiences truly sets them apart.  It’s been a great pleasure to tour with them on a few different occasions, and we recorded the final track on the album for what was initially supposed to be a split 7″ record with our friends, psych-rock band Elders from Davis, CA.  We tracked with both bands set up and playing together in a sweaty basement, and it was awesome.  While the split 7″ never came to fruition, I’m so glad they used the track on their beautiful new album.  Aptly produced by my studio-mate Nate Query, you can hear their spirit of adventure and spontaneity leap right off of the blue vinyl, through the needle, and straight into your living room.

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