Monday, November 12, 2012

Memphis Dawls’ Analog Adventures

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

The Memphis Dawls
The Memphis Dawls were at Ardent Studios last week taking advantage of a new recording package offered by engineers Jeff Powell and Lucas Peterson. The Dawls (Holly Cole, Jana Misener, and Krista Wroten Combest) tracked two songs, “Where’d You Go” and “Let’s Leave This Place.”

The Powell/Peterson deal includes two songs tracked live to analog tape and mastered to vinyl in the same day. The two have extensive experience at Ardent and can dial in sounds that are appropriate for vinyl mastering.

“We just use the balance we get, touch it with a little EQ, and print it,” Powell says.

The Dawls were cutting the tracks to the second song and not to be bothered. The first track blends American string-band music with sharp female harmonies harkening to the 1940s. The second track moved gorgeously through its changes as they cut the rhythm tracks. These ladies specialize in harmony, and that shows in the part writing of the instruments as well as in their captivating vocals.

The masters were headed to Nashville the next day. Check their website for details about availability. Hear their latest EP below.

The Memphis Dawls EP:

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