Last week, a demonstrational video hit YouTube. Shot by legendary Hill Country pro audio component company Rupert Neve Designs, the video features Austin producer Danny Reisch (White Denim/Shearwater/Okkervil River/What Made Milwaukee Famous) using some of the equipment (a 5059 Summing Mixer and Master Buss Processor, if you must know) to show how to refine a mix. While it’s always great to see Danny, the bulk of the content is only exciting if you’re a sound engineering geek. Hidden in the video, however, is a new track from Austin’s Tacks, The Boy Disaster.
Many of you may remember Tacks, The Boy Disaster’s last album Oh, Beatrice released in 2006. Full of dreamy vocals, the piano-driven, moody indie pop EP defined my fall/early winter that year. In fact, “Frozen Feet” is in my top 100 of all-time favorite songs.
“Frozen Feet” by Tacks, The Boy Disaster from the album Oh, Beatrice
Last year, the band came out of hibernation and launched a successful kickstarter campaign to finish off the new album. And now thanks to Danny’s video, we get to hear a little bit of a sneak peak. Check it out!
“Treasure Hunters” by Tacks, The Boy Disaster [UNMASTERED]
We talked to Danny last night about the new album. He finished mastering it last week. Tentatively titled Twelve Lions’ Paws, it’s slated for a May release.
But how will it sound? Danny says:
“The Tacks everyone knows and loves is there, but the new record is more lush and atmospheric than the previous EP–dreamy synth pads cascading over beautiful melodies/harmonies, all grounded by an extremely tight, dry, 70’s soft rock influenced rhythm section.”
Don’t want to wait for May to hear more Tacks, The Boy Disaster? The band will be included on Good Danny’s Good Friends Volume 4 compilation, out before SXSW. They’ll also be playing a ton of shows during SX. And my gut tells me there will be some more leaks leading up to the release. So stay tuned!