Recorded At The Village: Lizz Wright’s Album “Freedom & Surrender”

    After a 5 year break, and a departure from her former label, Lizz Wright is about to make her Concord Records debut when “Freedom & Surrender” is released on September 4th. This will be Wright’s fifth studio album, and we’re proud to say that it was recorded here at The Village, produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Larry Klein.

    With the support of an all-star band (drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Peter Korpela, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, and keyboardists Pete Kuzma, Kenny Banks and Billy Childs), they tracked 16 songs in 6 days – 13 of which constitute the album. The songs are all gorgeous pieces of writing that expose Wright’s raw emotions, written with such seasoned co-writers as Toshi Reagon, Jesse Harris, Larry Klein and David Batteau.

    For an album that’s not even out yet, “Freedom & Surrender” has been receiving rave reviews. NPR, The Wall Street Journal and Billboard are among countless others who are singing Wright’s (and Klein’s) praises. You can go ahead and add The Village to that list as well. We suggest you check out her version of Nick Drake’s “River Man” – It’ll give you chills that will last until the album drops this Friday. Then, be prepared to get chills all over again.


Live From The Village: The Arcs

Dan Auerbach, lead vocalist and guitarist of The Black Keys, recently announced his new side project, The Arcs. Their debut album, “Yours, Dreamily” (set to be released Sept. 4th via Nonesuch Records), was written and recorded collaboratively – Dan shares the spotlight with members Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Morshon, Kenny Vaughan and the women of Mariachi Flor De Toloache, with all of the musicians switching roles both instrumentally and vocally.

The Village had the privilege of recording The Arcs’ first official media appearance, where they tracked and filmed 3 of their songs live for KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic, and several other programs. The band was so tight, you’d never know it was only their 3rd time playing together live!

The session was engineered by The Village’s own audio engineers, Ghian Wright and Matt Dyson. Check out the videos here!

Mixed At The Village – Fantastic Four

The new Fantastic Four movie is out, and it’s the first major motion picture to be mixed on our brand new Avid S6 control surface, recently installed in Studio F. Scored by Phillip Glass, the mix was done here at The Village by legendary British engineer John Kurlander. Kurlander is probably best known for his engineering and mixing work on Lord Of The Rings: “Fellowship Of The Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “Return Of The King”. He took home three consecutive Grammys for Best Score Soundtrack Album, and 3 consecutive TEC Awards for Best Film Sound Production. Not a bad captain for the S6’s motion picture maiden voyage, as it were. It was quite a treat getting to watch Kurlander work his magic on the S6, and we can’t wait to see what he comes in with next!

Make-A-Wish Comes To The Village

The Village recently had the privilege of partnering with Make-A-Wish Hawaii to make the wish of 16 yr. old Jin Shaw come true. As a passionate music enthusiast, Jin’s wish was to record an original rap song at a professional LA recording studio; a pretty amazing wish, if you ask us. Paired with writer Will Wetzel and The Village’s own audio engineer, Gabe Burch, Jin spent 3 days in the studio creating what was nothing short of magic.

While Jin was delighted by his writing and recording experience, we benefited from working with this impressive young man just as much. Gabe said, “It was a great weekend for me. Jin is as talented as he is inspiring, and having the chance to meet and work with him and his family at the studio was a wonderful experience. I’m grateful to Make-A-Wish for providing me the opportunity to use my musical background to hopefully make a meaningful, positive difference in someone else’s life.”

A huge thank you goes out to Make-A-Wish Hawaii for making this experience possible, and to Jin; You are truly inspiring, and it was an honor to be a part of your journey!

Watch a video of Jin here.

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Recorded At The Village: Miguel’s Album “Wildheart”

“Wildheart” is a fantastic concept album, which sounds unlike anything else you’ll hear in 2015. From the straight-forward R&B of his first album, to the alternatively influenced “Kaleidoscope Dream”, Miguel has managed to augment his style yet again; This time with the help of funky rock & roll guitar, and trippy, ambient synths. This album is undeniably sexy.

What makes us love “Wildheart” even more? Much of the album was written and recorded here at The Village! Miguel has been a part of The Village family for years now, and was an absolute delight to work with, as always. We’re honored to be a part of this incredible record! Congratulations Miguel!

Check out “Wildheart” here!

And here’s a great shot of Miguel in our Studio B taken from this Rolling Stone article:


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