Wisdom Line is Isaak Salomon's second studio EP, recorded in Vancouver, BC and Nelson, BC in the summer of 2016.
I couldn’t quite bring myself to write another another “objective” album review in the third person. Instead, here are my thoughts on my second studio EP, Wisdom Line.
This album is really special to me because it documents and bookends my last year spent in Vancouver. I just moved to Montréal, and I’m glad for the chance to look back on the west coast with fondness. The dynamics of my last record were intentionally reserved, and, though I haven’t completely run away, the dials have definitely been turned up. I’m very lucky to have the fingerprints of a few other fine musicians on this record, and it’s better for it.
The core performances were captured in two sessions: one band session at a nice big studio, and the other solo, at a farmhouse outside of Nelson, BC. These contrasting sessions helped me explore and delve into two distinct vibes: an Alt-Pop band sound, and a Country & Western solo sound. The band session lasted one short day, with only enough time for a quick lunch break, whereas the second stretched almost a week and involved a good deal of running, cooking and meditation. Nice memories.
I found it very important to capture real, unedited performances. As such, we played together live, and where possible, tracked to tape. We let my amp bleed into the drums, and I sang the acoustic tracks as I played. I think the results are, above all, honest. I spent a month afterwards overdubbing, mixing and tying the tracks together. This album has been a pleasure to make. I hope you enjoy the melodies, the playing, and, above all, the meaning in these songs.
Thanks for listening…
Big thanks to Connor Charles Brooks, Brittany Ayton, Danny Vaughan, Philip Shaw Bova, Chris Giannakos, Christopher Steven Goodchild, Jove Relevante, Tamar Holton-Hinshaw, Kaj Falch-Nielsen, Peter, Laurie & Eli Holton, Colin Weeks, James Clayton, and of course, my lovely, supportive family.
released December 16, 2016
All songs written by Isaak Salomon (SOCAN, ASCAP).
Drums performed by Connor Charles Brooks (2-5)
Additional Vocals by Brittany Ayton (2, 3 & 6)
Engineered & Mixed by Isaak Salomon.
Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel & Fender Bass performed by Isaak Salomon.
Additional Engineering by Christopher Steven Goodchild &
Recorded at The Loft, Nimbus Studio D and Blue Light Studio in Vancouver, BC, and at a farmhouse about 30 minutes out of Nelson, BC.
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova at Bova Lab in Ottawa, ON.
Cover photo by Chris Giannakos. Typography by Tamar Holton-Hinshaw.
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