"Left by Soft' was recorded in the Catlins, about two hours south of
Dunedin, New Zealand, in an old lodge surrounded by native bush, birds,
and the sea. David spent about a week down there with the Heavy Eights.
Thomas Bell engineered and produced but also played bass AND cooked the
band awesome meals every night. After chilling out most mornings, the
band would start recording mid afternoon into the night. Apart from a
couple of overblown tracks, they kept overdubs to a minimum and when
mixing left most takes as is?no cleaning up via Pro Tools editing, etc.
"To me, it sounds like the band on a good night, warts and all," says
Kilgour. "It's probably the first real "band" LP I've made since Frozen
Orange or the David Kilgour and the Heavy 8's LP from the mid '90s."
David Kilgour is a guitar god for guitar atheists. He's worthy of
worship, but his style neither demands nor expects it, all of which only
serves to increase his otherworldly cool. Left by Soft, his first album
in four years with the Heavy Eights, comes on the heels of the Clean's
excellent 2009 outing, 'Mister Pop'. You could say it's all part of a
late-career renaissance, but that implies there's been some sort of
valley in his 30 years of making music. This time, there are more of the
elegantly chiming chords and beautifully drifting solos, all presented
with Kilgour's sparkling pop sensibilities.
The Heavy Eights are Taane Tokona on drums, Tony de Raad on guitar
and keyboards, and Thomas Bell on bass and keyboards. David plays
guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Mike McCloud from Shifting Sands
guests on "I'll Climb Back Up That Hill." - 12XU Records
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 05 April, 2012.