About today would be the 20 year anniversary of Aberdeen’s first single for Sarah Records, ‘Byron’, Sarah 093. Matt said it ‘would have been a Monday’ and I remember having the 16th written somewhere.
I’m sure everyone is tired of me messing with the old material, but I recently talked to Matt and Clare about using the recently archived multi-track tapes to do something for the 20th anniversary of the single.
While the original mixes have held up, it was agreed by Matt, the band, and I think even Steve Lamaq in review, they left a little to be desired by way of imagination and emotion. The band weren’t present for the original mix sessions by request of the engineer, who was working for us, in favor. The idea behind these mixes was to try to capture the ideas that would have been present had myself, and band been in attendance during mixing, as would happen in later efforts.
Instead of adding new production as Ian Catt did in 2006, the idea was to remix them as close to the day’s standards as possible, while defining the band’s original vision for the material. No new instruments, no autotune, no fancy edits, or excessive virtual plug ins, and using the oldest, professional system I could. Just did the things the band would have wanted to hear, delays times set correctly, darker, dreamier sounds, and of course… MORE REVERB!
The songs will be available for a likely limited time, as free download from bandcamp.