ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY PEDRO CARMONA-ALVAREZ
RECORDED AT THE LAX AND BEACH STREET STUDIOS
LET´S PIG was recorded at The Lax and Beach Street Studios in Bergen between 2012-2015. It was engineered by Einar Sogstad, Pedro Carmona-Alvarez and whoever was around. All songs written by Pedro Carmona-Alvarez. Produced by Pedro Carmona-Alvarez. Mixed by Pedro Carmona-Alvarez with Einar Sogstad. Mastered at Grotten by Jørgen Træen.
Annlaug Børsheim, Anders Bitustøyl, Lars Heintz, Einar Sogstad, Pedro Carmona-Alvarez
EINAR-PIANO, SYNTH, PERCUSSION
PEDRO -VOCALS, GUITARS, SYNTH, BASS,DRUMS, PERCUSSION
Written in an apartment Bergen, one of the many through my more than 20 years in the city. I wrote it on a cheap nylon string guitar in the middle of the night. I like the changes not being real changes.
PEDRO-VOCALS, GUITARS, BASS, DRUMS, PERCUSSION
I recorded this on alone on top of a drum machine before adding layers to it. It’s a simple song, about staring, I think.
BOOK OF QUESTIONS
PEDRO-VOCALS, GUITARS, PIANO, SYNTH, BASS, DRUMS
This one appeared out of nowhere. I wrote it standing by a window, smoking. It was meant to sound like a lullaby. I’m not sure we got that right.
PEDRO-VOCALS, GUITARS, SYNTH, BASS, DRUMS
For years I’ve been writing all these songs that sound like old R.E.M tunes, to me at least, just because I really like that sound, a period that lots of people don’t know; most think of the 90´s monster version R.E.M became before fading away in a really sad way. The recording is pretty ragged. It was a fun night. It’s a song about slapping your own face.
PEDRO-VOCALS, PIANO, GUITARS, SYNTH, PROGRAMMING
The music was written on the spot at The Lax while trying to record another song that was stubborn as a mule. Fuck it. I wrote it on piano. The words were written in Berlin, listening to murder ballads, trying to quit smoking.
PEDRO-VOCALS, GUITARS, SYNTH, BASS, DRUMS, PROGRAMMING
I wrote the words in an airport before going to visit my parents for Christmas holidays. I recorded it at their house, then did a million overdubs at The Lax. I don’t know what any of this means, but I like the images. It’s a strange song. Misty and wobbly and dense and stupid, too, luckily.
PEDRO-VOCALS, GUITARS,BASS, DRUMS, PERCUSSION, SYNTH, PROGRAMMING
This was made on an Elka Keyboard mostly used by accordionists in need of backing tracks; bass lines, chords, things like that. We used it extensively on Sister Sonny´s The Bandit Lab (2001). The words were originally written for an unreleased Sister Sonny song called Saftwerk. A heap of broken images.
EINAR-ORGAN, SYNTH, VOCALS
LARS-GUITAR, VOCALS, PERCUSSION
PEDRO-VOCALS, GUITARS, SYNTH, DRUMS
I wrote this thinking it was a mid tempo ballad, but the night we recorded it was too loose too ragged too smoky for any kind of discipline or subtlety.
DEATH OF A DOG
PEDRO-VOCALS, KEYBOARDS, GUITARS, PROGRAMMING
This may sound corny, but this song was given to me to pass on to someone in mourning. It’s a letter of sorts. Yes, I speak to animals. It’s part of the job, you know.