Roxy Swain – Beneath Full Moonlight
A Spill Exclusive Canadian Album Premiere
“Creating our third album Beneath Full Moonlight offered us the opportunity to take a giant step forward in our songwriting, performance and production, and we spent 15 months in the studio crafting a sound that reflected our maturity in these creative roles. We wanted to showcase our myriad influences – dream pop, modern indie rock, classic soul, classic rock, alt-country, progressive music, and power pop – with the goal of molding them into a consistent, dynamic sound. We selected guitars, amps, keyboard tones, as well as unique and custom-made microphones that allowed us to weave this tapestry together while relying on mostly live arrangements from song to song. In terms of production, our first two albums (“The Spell of Youth” and “Restless Hearts”) were recorded in an entirely digital environment, and while we are very proud of both releases (and are thrilled that they were very well-received), we knew that we could capture a true retro-rock feel by returning to recording techniques championed by our ’70s heroes. With the brilliant and often mood-oriented ear of Chuck Harling (our drummer, producer, and primary arranger), we were able to marry our songwriting, influences, and craft with the spontaneity and warmth that characterizes partially live analog recordings. We tracked the record strictly board to tape and mixed strictly tape to tape. This technique allowed us to capture entire performances by the band, rife with organic artifacts and charming nuances. The whole process of the album was a learning experience for all of us, and one that has informed our approach to songwriting and arrangement for our fourth album, which we will begin tracking this fall. We think that the marriage of ideas, styles, and diverse recording techniques flawlessly executed by our sound engineer Steve Witt will give listeners a taste of our creative process and inform our future growth as a band. We are so honored and proud to have worked with exceptionally talented individuals like Witt and Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering, who we believe played a crucial role in executing our ideas into a final cohesive whole.”
Chicago power-pop quartet Roxy Swain prepare their third LP “Beneath Full Moonlight”. Together they blend haunting indie-pop in the vein of Rilo Kiley with touches of a more flower-pop version of The Cardigans with just the right touch of 70’s George Harrison. The band consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Roxy Swain, along with seasoned Chicago musicians Matt Walters, Chuck Harling and Jeffrey Altergott. The LP is slated for early 2016, to be accompanied with live dates across North America.
Beneath Full Moonlight
(Spade Kitty Records)
Release Date: April 2016