Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki will launch their next music album, Castaway, on April 23 through Metropolis Records. Their introduction, The Dream, turned out in 2017. The music collection was created by vocalist/drummer Paige Stark (who has additionally delivered records for Cherry Glazerr and L.A. Witch), and the band set out to switch up their unique dream-pop stable simply a little this time. “We decided no wah pedal for most of the record,” Stark says. “We tried to incorporate new soundscapes. Like, what if there isn’t as much reverb on everything? What would be the less obvious sonic choice here? What if everything isn’t as fuzzy and smeary?”
Castaway features a couple of outstanding newcomers, including The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Jon Brion who the two plays on it and wound up blending the mix album with Greg Koller and Eric Caudieux
“After tracking Castaway I was having trouble mixing,” Paige says. “I attempted to mix the record twice with different but it wasn’t feeling right. Jon played on a bunch of the record so was somewhat involved at that point and wanted to help me finish it. He invited me to come to his studio to mix it myself (which I had never done) and then he was going to ‘check my work.’ This ended up being me doing rough mixes of everything and then he and the two guys he works with — Eric Caudieux and Greg Koller — kind of schooling me about recording… showing me exactly what was wrong and causing problems but not in a bad way. It was very helpful. Here and there Jon would add little things — often felt percussive things — and they would completely fix the problem I was having. I learned a great deal and they improved the record in a massive way. Those guys are the kings of sound. I have so much respect for them and am ever grateful for the experience.”
“Gone” will officially be released on Thursday and Castaway is out April 23. Check out the “Gone” video below.