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Exiles In Paradise

Aaron Berg

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FROM: aaronbergmusic.net/exiles-in-paradise ... 'Exiles In Paradise' will be the second studio release by Aaron Berg & the Heavy Love. The album was recorded originally in November 2009 in Chicago at the moody, upper loft North Branch Studios on the windy city's tiny Goose Island. Berg was joined by a veteran line up of players all from South Carolina including the phenomenal Mike Bagwell (Pedal Steel & Dobro), Chris Garrett (Bass), and John Byce (Drums, Percussion). Special guests include Jim Becker (Califone) on fiddle and Tim Joyce (Lesser Birds of Paradise) singing vocal harmonies. A scattering of overdubs, preliminary mixing, and other bells and whistles were added at a rental house turned studio/practice space in Piedmont, South Carolina before mixing (Stephan Jones; Toy Box Studios) and mastering (John Baldwin; Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young) were completed in Nashville, TN. The album's release is currently scheduled for June 12, 2012 with regional and select performances to follow. 'This recording has taken on both a pop and a country element I didn't expect,' Berg says, 'we ended up mixing in Nashville so ultimately over a year's worth of work found it's way through three diverse cities.' In contrast with it's polished songbook moments are unapologetic waves of brooding darkness climaxing on 'Farewell Song' with a frantic pair of pedal steel solos. All ten of the songs were tracked live with all four band members performing together producing a tight moody album with all but one of the vocal tracks. Berg continues, 'we captured more room sound than you normally hear but still very sharp and clear. For the first time we had really great production help and great microphones. Having laid down most of the album live in Chicago when we returned to Piedmont we really took the time to add a few layers to a couple songs. There are definitely some Pink Floyd meets Big Pink kind of moments.' The album features a wide array of instrumentation including fiddle, dobro, pedal steel, upright piano, Fender Rhodes, layered string basses, ambient pads, vintage pre-war dance hall drum machine, Hammond organ, various found percussion, and guitars of all kinds, plus a few other ghosts in the machine. Recorded by: Ryan Neuschafer at North Branch Studios - Chicago, IL Additional Tracking: Aaron Berg & the Heavy Love at Big X Studios - Piedmont, SC Executive Producer: Kristin Isgett (krisitin.heavylove@gmail.com) and Eugene Berger Produced by: Aaron Berg & the Heavy Love Mixed by: Stephen Jones at Toy Box Studios - Nashville, TN Mastered by: John Baldwin - Nashville, TN FROM an article in SHUFFLE MAGAZINE by JOHN SCHACHT (January 19, 2012) ... Exiles in Paradise, the sophomore effort from Greenville, S.C.'s Aaron Berg, may tilt twangy, but it's not your run-of-the-mill Americana record. Buoyed by Berg's strong poetic narrative bent, the tight interplay between his band, the Heavy Love, crucial accents (pedal steel and Dobro from Mike Bagwell, and fiddle from Califone's Jim Becker on one track), and a welcome variety of tempo-shifts make the moody Exiles an early contender for one of the Carolinas' finest country-rock entries of the year. The 10 tracks were recorded virtually live in a two-day session in Chicago with just a few overdubs added later, and the LP pulses with energy as a result. Shuffle's John Schacht chatted with Berg via e-mail. Shuffle: Tell us about the genesis of this record - I note some of the lyrics go back to 2007... Aaron Berg: Since I had not recorded officially in three years, the original concept for this album was as a cross-section of several years worth of material rather than a strictly 'this is where I am at...here is a my newest material type approach.' Instead of a feature film-style album, we were aiming for more of a collection of scenes (i.e. Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes or Akira Kurosawa's Dreams). We envisioned each song being uniquely produced and arranged so as to showcase a wide range of moods and influences, from pedal steel-laced ballads and Appalachian-colored hymns to psych

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