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James Armata

James Armata

James Armata


How to be precious without being precious? My intention for my first EP: a supremely emotional, raw and beautiful string of songs that represent the experiences (of lover's, relationships, friendships) that have been essential to the place where I live as an artist, now, and sing the hell out of them. What's the point of strict stylist, pop, rock, jazz, verse chorus, verse chorus end song, how many hooks, if it doesn't enable the singer to sing the song? It's not the song, it's how you sing the song. Read more on Last.fm
How to be precious without being precious? My intention for my first EP: a supremely emotional, raw and beautiful string of songs that represent the experiences (of lover's, relationships, friendships) that have been essential to the place where I live as an artist, now, and sing the hell out of them. What's the point of strict stylist, pop, rock, jazz, verse chorus, verse chorus end song, how many hooks, if it doesn't enable the singer to sing the song? It's not the song, it's how you sing the song. Your talents, your song writing and most importantly your voice must not be limited, stuffed, crammed and ill-fitted into traditional rock-pop structures. Some do it fantastically, others succumb to it.

All the songs were sung and played live, no punch-ins or computer edits, just complete takes. The best take wins. It’s a sturdy mirror and a critical reference point for a new artist doing his first EP alone in the studio, where distortions and expectations quickly undertake reality. I wanted to juxtapose the pro tools, auto tune world of popular music of 55 vocal takes cut up to make songs and performers sound perfect.

All the tracks were recorded in Late September and October at Trout Recording studio in Gouwanus area of Brooklyn. The studio is owned by Bryce Goggin (Antony and the Johnsons, Pavement, Luna, Joan As Police Woman) but the tracks were recorded by his first assistant Adam Sachs. Adam also was the co-producer and helped mix all the tracks. The two band tracks were filled out by the Oren Bloedow of Elysian Fields fame (a major cult NYC art rock band) on bass, tremolo guitar and organ and Tony Leone on drums.

The string arrangements and performance are compliments of Dana Lyn. The arrangement's were overlaid on top of the completed solo performance. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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