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.
These fine New York City fellers came to work in the Hi Desert (via Italy, Mexico and Northern California, USA) and I'm pretty sure the best Unsane record EVER was made. It was great seeing these guys work together again after many trials and tribulations and we look forward to hearing the finished record, their first since 2012!!! Long live Unsane!!
Well the month of December got off to an amazing start when Big Business came to Gatos Trail to track 10 new songs for their forthcoming release. Coady Willis and Jared Warren (Big Biz) brought enormous sounds to life with the help of their long time engineer Dave Curran. They were knocking tracks down one by one not unlike the golf balls that were sent out into the desert night. A good time was had by all but most importantly the music killed and a new record was born. Great job guys, see ya out on the links. ~D
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Last week Gatos Trail was fortunate enough to host Lolipop Records recording artists BURNING PALMS. On the west coast leg of their North American tour they were able to drop in and record the bulk of their forth coming release, what a marathon session! If they come to your town check em out and we'll keep you posted on the status of their new record or you can check in on them via these links! x GT