Sound it Out # 36: Earlimart - “97 Heart Attack” (MP3)
Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray make records as Earlimart and also help other artists make theirs. Aaron owns The Ship Recording Studio in LA, which evolved from a group of friends who liked to drink beer and play music to a place where artists from around the globe come to make records.
The studio employs the latest recording technology, but Aaron also likes to toy with old-school techniques.
Here he is sanding 500 pieces of wood for a homemade quadratic diffuser for the studio:
...And here’s that same diffuser on the cover of the new Earlimart record:
This is all to say that Aaron is around music-making all day and he sure knows how to write a song.
The new Earlimart record is called System Preferences and Aaron is releasing it in his own Ship Records digitally on September 18; an LP and CD release follows on October 16. This is Earlimart's first record in over four years and it’s a sad and beautiful bunch of songs.
“97 Heart Attack” is my favorite kind of Earlimart song, where Ariana and Aaron take turns with the vocals and tell a heartbreaking story. It’s not going to smash you over the head with massive hooks; Earlimart is more subtle than that. After a few listens though, the song starts to creep into your mind the way the best songs do...and stays there. I hope you like it.
BONUS: Earlimart is one of my favorite bands, so our “E” beekeeping box bears their name. Please forgive my 5th grade-level painting skills.
This peppy little cover by Postmodern Jukebox turned out quite nicely.
The great Ray Manzarek makes magic on the Fender Rhodes as he reveals the musical evolution of the classic Doors song. (Don’t blink or you’ll miss guitarist Robby Krieger.) (via Laughing Squid)
This makes me like one of the songs a bit more and dislike the other a bit less.
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