I was recently introduced to From Indian Lakes, who released their new album, “Everything Feels Better Now,” in October. According to the group’s Facebook page, Joey Vannucchi, the genius behind the band, recorded “Everything Feels Better Now” in the basement of a coffee shop using only vintage analog equipment. This technique definitely shows in the album, creating the perfect vintage atmosphere.
When recording the actual music for the album, Vannucchi writes, “Delays were made using tape machines and other effects were made using various vintage equipment leftover from sound city studios. We used vintage synth equipment and vintage drums and guitar amps. When writing and recording this album, I was really trying to capture a lo-fi aesthetic, while still retaining a sense of thoughtfulness.” You can read more about the process of making the album here.
“Everything Feels Better Now” is the auditory embodiment of a low-key 80s-inspired indie-pop masterpiece. It’s vibrant and lively, but also very calming and intuitive. Vannucchi creates a romantic vintage aesthetic, reminiscent of neon burger signs and California palm trees. Each song blends perfectly into the next, although each offers a notably different experience to the listener.
My personal favorites are “Blank Tapes,” “Hello” (which reminds me of the “Stranger Things” theme song), and “Nome.” You can listen to the entire album through YouTube (also below).
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