Jake Mann’s “Outta Mind A While”
The long-awaited return to Crossbill Records with a new 11-track solo album from California indie-rock songwriter, Jake Mann (Upper Hand, Islay Banks). Home-spun recordings with Jake performing most everything (as with 2007’s “Daytime Ghost”), featuring guest spots from collaborators Max Hart, guitarist Jason Morgan (The Spires), former Upper Hand bandmates Dan Baber + Aaron Bellamy, and drummer James Neil (Sea of Bees, Deathray). With an often-cinematic quality, the assembled group takes a trip across the threshold of psychedlia, through dusted Valley roadhouses, and on to some foggy surfside scenes. A locked in rhythm section lays a solid counterpoint for the chiming guitars, gritty synths, and Mann’s melodic cadence vocals.
Though recorded over the last couple seasons, the songs presented on “Outta Mind A While” were a decade in the making …picking up on riffs and lyrical arcs that formed as Jake’s San Francisco-based trio, The Upper Hand, hung up pursuits in 2012. Back in the home studio, the production here takes on a more layered approach than “Parallel South” (2011, Crossbill Records), with acoustic guitars and keys laid under electrics and fuzzed-out leads. There’s a more measured nuance in the combined textures, with no shortage of detail to discover for the repeat listener. Mixed by Larry Crane at Jackpot! In Portland, OR (Wishing Well, Goodbye Gone) and with John Baccigaluppi (of Sacramento’s Hangar) at the Panoramic House Studio B in Stinson Beach, CA. Additional mix work with Ken Capitanich at M.A.R.S. (Aptos, CA) and mastering by John McCaig at panicStudios in Barnardsville, NC.
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