On this day in music history…

Today marks one year since the release of #3 Revisited, my first full release as Duke Silver. The album is best described as ambient electronica and consists of remixes of songs from Clepto Journals by Wet Eyes.

These songs came together when Ross Auger, the man behind Wet Eyes and one half of Wet Eyes Productions, approached me about one of my remixes. He had heard the song and told me that he would love for me to remix one of the songs from his new release. At the time I didn’t think much of it, I thought maybe he would release it as a bonus track or something. However, once I started the process of choosing which song to tackle, I ended up remixing them all! I played them for Ross, who was pleased with the result, and we decided to simply release them all as a separate entity. Ross’s title for the release at the time was #3, so I decided to name my take on it #3, Revisited. The album #3 no longer exists in that form, but you can find those original songs on the Wet Eyes album Clepto Journals.

The experience of making this album was great, I loved taking Ross’s work and turning it into something else. If I was approached by another artist to remix some of their work I would jump at the opportunity, I really enjoyed it. Ross and I will be teaming up on a release this winter called Silver Lining so stayed tuned for information on that.

Both Clepto Journals and #3 Revisited can be found on the Wet Eyes Productions bandcamp page.


On this day in music history…

On November 12, 1945 rock legend Neil Young was born in Toronto, Ontario. What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said about Neil Young’s 50+ years making music? So rather than tell you that I’m the expert on Neil Young (which would be a lie), and copy+pasting his Wikipedia bio, I’d instead like to talk about his 2010 album Le Noise and the profound effect it had on me.

I discovered this album while attending music production school in Minneapolis, and experiencing my first year living in the city. The first thing that stood out to me was the production by Daniel Lanois. I couldn’t believe that Neil Young’s voice and one guitar could sound so full and intriguing. I spent many long bus rides through the city with my headphones on, losing myself in the lush wall of sound. It was as if Neil Young was singing directly to me, but miles (or even decades) away.

However, the reason why I hold this album so near and dear to me is because of Neil Young’s storytelling. Lanois did many things to add a modern twist to Young’s sound, but it does nothing to diminish the power of his words and delivery. In a time when every song on the radio is about partying, money, clothes and all else, songs like “Love and War” and “Hitchhiker” are signs that there are still musicians putting their heart and their pain into their songs.

While this may be the thirty-third studio album by Neil Young, do not make the mistake of overlooking it.

Happy Birthday Neil,