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Mild High Club announces début album Timeline as well as exciting European tour dates.
Mild High Club is the home for the musical output of Alexander Brettin, a jazz-schooled musician transplanted from the Midwest to LA. The Club is due to release its first ever album Timeline on Circle Star Records, the new imprint of Stones Throw Records.
And it's the kind of DIY masterpiece that we love. The guitar sounds Beatles. As do the drums. But the mood, oh that mood is lazy, loving, and something fresh for the DIY scene of 2015. Recording with the likes of a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder and 12-string electric guitar, it was always going to be something else. It's one of those "and whatever else is lying around” jobs, but it is done well. Brettin began recording Timeline in 2012. It is clear that the sixties psych wields an obvious influence over Mild High Club’s music. But the oddball tomfoolery isn't there. It's just phased melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
For live performances, Brettin draws other members of the loose Mild High Club collective from all over the United States. 'The advantages to working alone are being selfish and taking all the time you want', he explains, while 'the disadvantages are being selfish and taking all the time you want. When I wrote and recorded the bulk of Timeline, I just wanted to have a vinyl record. Two and a half years later, we've got the band and handfuls of other ‘club members’ around the country who occasionally get together for ‘club meetings’. The Mild High Club is just a vessel for our musical and comical curiosities'.
Well said, the Mild High Club is certainly a bit of an anomaly when it comes to the world of DIY and Indie. But that strangeness doesn't stop there, having recently toured with post-punk pioneers Wire and sharing the stage with the likes of Mac Demarco, Ariel Pink and Mikal Cronin.
Mild High Club’s Timeline album arrives September 18 on Circle Star Records, with pre-orders available via iTunes. It's a real honest effort of DIY in a world where there are more cowboys than builders.