David Barrett Trio feat. Crown Lands LP
The latest David Barrett Trio album feat. Crown Lands is entitled “Mayapan”, and it'll be presented in true progressive rock fashion, one song per side (Mayapan Side A, and Beneath The Desert Side B). It'll be pressed on blue vinyl, and feature album art by HotHouse Creative Inc. Everyone who donates $100 Perimeter Level or more will receive a signed album, plus 2 laminated passes to our Record Release Party. In addition, contributors of $250 Chamber Level or more may attend a special guitar Master Class in Toronto, and contributors of $500 Apex Level or more can host a Solo Acoustic House Concert anywhere in Southern Ontario.
Here's the full story:
A little over a year ago, I met the Canadian power duo, Crown Lands. They were young, talented, and they had great hair! I was looking for a new rhythm section to record with that had specific qualities: great attitude, a certain mysterious energy, and the right gear: double neck guitars, Moog synthesizers, and vintage drums, they had all of these, and much more. Terry Brown and I went to see them perform, we looked at each other and knew instinctively, it was right.
After a few jams and vegetarian Indian dinners, we recorded two very large tracks inspired by my recent visits to the Yucatan. Each instrumental clocked in at just under fourteen minutes, and both featured three main sections. Kevin brought his distinctive bass style, and his open tuned electric 12 string, including some beautiful understated slide guitar, and plenty of bass pedal synth to fill out the bottom end. Cody’s inspiring drumming took us back to the days of Ummagumma, and beyond, with the otherworldly percussion played on his Korg Wavedrum.
Both songs were recorded live off the floor, each taking a full day, we added a few overdubs, and especially had fun in the middle section of Beneath The Desert. Once again Terry had suggestions early on that shaped both tunes, his invaluable knowledge and experience with progressive rock helped make the music exciting, with each repeated listening revealing something new. I kept thinking, if he produced The Necromancer, he’ll know exactly what to do with this!
A big thank you to engineer Justin Meli, who contributed so much to these recordings, tweaking the Roland Space Echo in real time, and Colton Maddigan for doing a great job assisting, and to Peter J. Moore for the incredibly detailed mastering. Special thanks to David Chester at Chalet Studio.
Thanks to all our amazing contributors, we'll be able to press this album and get it to you this summer!
Mayapan | Beneath The Desert
David Barrett Trio feat. Crown Lands
Written by David Barrett
Arranged by Barrett, Comeau, Bowles, and Brown.
David Barrett 6 and 12 string electric guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, Mellotron
Kevin Comeau bass, 12 string electric guitar, bass pedals, Mini Moog
Cody J. R. Bowles drums, percussion, wind chimes, Korg Wavedrum
Recorded by Justin Meli, assisted by Colton Maddigan at Chalet Studio
Mixed by Terry Brown at Blue Sound
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at The E Room
Album Design HotHouse Creative Inc.
Produced by Terry Brown