New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Two Sheps That Pass)
Former My Sister in 1994 frontman and international songwriter Donald Ducote has returned to the lo-fi music scene with his new project, Ancient History. The band's debut record Tracks is available today.
With My Sister in 1994, Ducote wrote, composed and released three albums, which ultimately led to being commissioned by Universal/Polydor as a songwriting consultant. He headed to England to work with Emma Gillespie (UK's Must Be The Music
2011 winner) on her debut record under the moniker, Emma's Imagination. During that same trip, he also worked on songs with Leon Jackson
(UK's X Factor 2007 winner).
Upon returning from London, he took the next two years to focus on writing his own material, which resulted in Tracks; that has been described as an ornate, atmospheric album rewarding multiple listens to sift through the layers and pick out all the pieces. The arrangements enhance the mood with carefully controlled chaos. Ducote's story-telling narratives of past loss, despair, and heartache play keenly against a mix of heroin-slow tempos, delicate dream-pop guitar drones, improvised percussion and pure analog warmth.
The 11-song collection of inspired indie/lo-fi/slowcore sound was engineered by Jim Smith (The National
and Au Revoir Simone) and mixed by Paul Johnson
(bassist of Beirut) and Kevin
Blackler (Sony, Blackler Mastering). To record Tracks, Ducote along with Smith, decided to use a home-recording style Ducote previously employed on his second record with My Sister in 1994 titled In Tall Cotton. To accomplish this, the two developed a studio setup in unconventional recording spaces including the French Kicks' practice space, art galleries, and friends' apartments, with a twelve-track tape recorder and Jimi Hendrix's original vocal microphone from his famed Electric Lady Studios.
The track listing includes:
2. Hands are For Holding Drinks
3. At The Rose Motel
4. Subway Dream
5. Quiet Nights in Noisy Neighborhoods
6. She Gave You The Keys
8. The Courtyard at Mid-Nite
9. Clover Honey
10. I Know It's Late
11. Oh Yeah
The album is available today on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify.
"Tracks is well recommended" - Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
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