New Album Almost Finished!

4 March 2007

Mixing of A Moveable Feast, the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed Foxes & Hounds, will take place March 8-12 at Headgear Recording, hard by the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Headgear is one of the hottest studios in town lately, with recent clients including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Coco Rosie, and Son Volt. Manning the board will be Headgear co-owner Alex Lipsen (keyboardist for up-and-coming indie rockers Jealous Girlfriends), along with co-producer/dubmaster Bill "Prince Polo" Szeflinski.

We are incredibly excited to be working with this great team!

A Moveable Feast is by far the most ambitious Sharp Things album yet. Recorded entirely to digital in a variety of basements, kitchens and living rooms all around the New York metro area, the LP's 16 songs capture for the first time the vibrant energy and soul that this 10-piece powerhouse brings to live performances of its elegantly orchestrated pop-rock.

Web Site Exclusive: a super-secret pre-mix rough of the song "Rey" from A Moveable Feast. This is nowhere close to the finished product — imagine it sounding about 1000% better — but will give you an idea of what's in store for you! (Please respect us and don't post this MP3 on the Internet, thanks.)

A host of guest performers helped serve the Feast:

  • Five songs feature the 40-piece New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble (Sybille Werner, conductor) recorded last November at the Julia Richman Auditorium in Manhattan.
  • Multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay of World/Inferno Friendship Society (and keyboardist for red-hot rockers The Hold Steady), sat in his kitchen and recorded three original pieces for accordion, as well as backing for a couple of our songs.
  • Tenor saxophonist Stuart Bogie, who has performed and recorded with Antibalas, Celebration, TVOTR and many more, lends his masterful skills to several songs as part of a horn section featuring Brad Madsen on trombone and euphonium and Andrew Hoglund on trumpet and flugelhorn.
  • Tony Award-winning actor/singer Michael Cerveris (Tommy, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Assassins and Sweeney Todd are highlights of his stage career) contributes lead vocals to "The Jumpers", a strange little number for string quartet that also features operatic soprano Carla Maniscalco.

The lead-off track on A Moveable Feast, "The Jumpers" is based on the novel "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby. Reliable sources tell us Hornby is a Sharp Things fan — and just like you, he's looking forward to a great new album!

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