EWAH & The Vision of Paradise return to the studio this year with the dream team behind their acclaimed first album, Everything Fades to Blue. Cousins Jake Long and Rob Long, equal measures tech wiz and creative visionary will be at the helm in the studio to engineer, produce and mix this suite of songs.
The band will recruit jazz and indie rock musician Jason Whately to compose parts for a saxophone quartet to fortify passages of the songs with sonic depth.
The songs for album two progress in sound from the first album, with its shimmering desert-rock and shifts to angular noir-rock-meets-new-wave, while maintaining the sound that has set them apart, spacious and ethereal with a foreboding underbelly.
As well as a studio recording, the band will interweave sounds from a recording session (separately funded) in a remote location and the natural sounds of that environment. Think a residency recording session to write bridging instrumental themes and record “found” audio in the surrounding wilderness.
Debut album Everything Fades to Blue garnered critical acclaim. The band were invited by The AMP to play the inaugural showcase in an exclusive series of shows featuring selected longlisted artists.
The Guardian listed the album in the Best Australian Underground releases of 2017.
It made album of the week on Edge Radio, (Hobart) and top ten albums of the week on PBS FM, (Melbourne). National and international radio radio play followed, including Double J and the radio shows of rock luminaries Jarvis Cocker (BBC Radio 6, UK) and Henry Rollins (KCRW, USA). The band played a slew of festivals like A Festival Called Panama, Dark Mofo and BIGSOUND.
Their presence did not go unnoticed, picking up the National Live Music Award for Best Live Act Tasmania.
Everything Fades to Blue tackled a challenging subject, violent crimes against women, but did so with equal measures darkness and light, presenting a kind of eulogy within a cohesive narrative arc.
The follow up album is set to go next level.
The donations will contribute to the cost of studio recording, mixing and producing the album. The band will post updates via social media, so you can see the project in the making.
“We’re really excited about the strength of the new material and the themes it explores both in its narrative and sonic scape.” EWAH
Stay tuned for an early 2019 release with select shows to launch the album.
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise hope you will help to support Paradise Sessions: Album two.