All the way from the Greek island of Crete, Shepherd Bones (aka David Mourato) made the journey to Joshua Tree to record his debut EP here at Gatos Trail. It was a pleasure to get acquainted with these haunting tunes and to go from demo to record in one week. We tracked Drums, Guitars, Bass, Keys and Vocals as well as mixed and mastered 5 songs in 7 days. The results are a fresh blend of Indie, Gothic and Folk, landing somewhere between Pete Yorn and Peter Murphy. Having someone from so far away come out and really appreciate the inspiring and beautiful surroundings of the California’s High Desert, in particular the areas surrounding Joshua Tree (Landers, Pioneer Town and Yucca Valley) where Gatos Trail is located is truly a joy. This Shepherd Bones record is a true reflection of “Desert Magic” through the fresh lens of a new comer and I look forward to it’s official release.
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Lou Barlow performed a live, in-studio set at Gatos Trail on 12-4-2018. Check out the video here.
This was an awesome session. The wonderful George Lewis Jr (Twin Shadow) brought his long time collaborator and touring musician Wynne Bennett as well as producers BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso) and Nate Donmoyer (Major Lazer, Passion Pit) to start production of his forth coming album.
Great vibes helped out by some great gear: Yamaha CP70, Eventide H3000, AMS RMX 16, Roland RE-501 Tape Delay to name a few pieces were brought in. Movies were projected on the control room ceiling for an added touch of ambiance, of course!
Some of the most magical music moments in Gatos history were created and we are eagerly awaiting the final results of this tracking session.