A perfect space in the middle of Christchurch city was soon located: polished floors, brick walls and a studio full of speaker bins – including flashing lights and interesting dials. It all seemed too good to be true. And it was. Unbeknown to Pine the new studio shared space with a death metal band 2 doors down, a tone-deaf trumpet beginner next door and the 9 - 5ers of the city businesses below.
This proved problematic. The low-decibel (but high-quality) Pine had to radically re-organise recording schedules. Much of the album was recorded between 6am and 9am as the city woke up...the biggest hurdle was the sound of street sweepers and the quality of the coffee. Hoarding up on hefty smelling mixers and a flashy laptop, Akira Sunrise was recorded by Pine. This was an intensive process with each month causing a further delay, some fine-tuning and a new song or two.
A summer album was always promised - it just ended up being one summer later than planned. The recording was interspersed with a number of journeys north to Platform Studios. Here the album was finally mixed and mastered by studio whizz Dale Cotton (HDU, Conray, Sleepers Union, Mestar and others) ‘Akira Sunrise’ retains much of the low-key chime and melodic charm of the bands previous releases, but there are also some new and additional sounds. These include a more fuzzed up hypnotic bass, loops, shimmering guitars and even a few songs longer than the previously favored two-minute pop snapshot.
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