11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ghost Notes found five singer/songwriters bringing their own individual tunes to the studio very shortly after forming, which made for a good listen that was somewhat void of cohesion. On Approach resonates with more personality and chemistry. It sounds like the collaboration of five guys who toured the country in a small van and shared cramped sleeping quarters where the combined experiences of arguing, laughing, partying and sharing ideas between gigs are the norm. “Let Go” opens with hard-panned guitars that jangle with classic tones over a meat-and-potatoes Brit-pop rhythm while Russell Pollard croons with that familiar nasal-tinged inflection made popular by guys like Bono and Chris Martin. But his singing segues into a smoother style on the attractive “Dots,” which waltzes with ‘50s innocence as doo-wop inspired backing vocals somehow blend perfectly with baroque-pop accoutrements like flutes and strings. The soaring “Tall Buildings” blends Jay Bennett-era Wilco arrangements with Imagine-era John Lennon piano-rock all the while retaining Everest’s collective style and elegant finesse.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ghost Notes found five singer/songwriters bringing their own individual tunes to the studio very shortly after forming, which made for a good listen that was somewhat void of cohesion. On Approach resonates with more personality and chemistry. It sounds like the collaboration of five guys who toured the country in a small van and shared cramped sleeping quarters where the combined experiences of arguing, laughing, partying and sharing ideas between gigs are the norm. “Let Go” opens with hard-panned guitars that jangle with classic tones over a meat-and-potatoes Brit-pop rhythm while Russell Pollard croons with that familiar nasal-tinged inflection made popular by guys like Bono and Chris Martin. But his singing segues into a smoother style on the attractive “Dots,” which waltzes with ‘50s innocence as doo-wop inspired backing vocals somehow blend perfectly with baroque-pop accoutrements like flutes and strings. The soaring “Tall Buildings” blends Jay Bennett-era Wilco arrangements with Imagine-era John Lennon piano-rock all the while retaining Everest’s collective style and elegant finesse.

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About Everest

Comprised of five singer/songwriters, the members of L.A.'s indie alt-country band Everest boast some impressive pedigrees, having played with groups like Earlimart, Sebadoh, the Folk Implosion, Slydell, Mike Stinson, Great Northern, Alaska!, John Vanderslice, and the Watson Twins. Sharing a mutual admiration for each other's respective track records, the five were drawn together by a common desire to make classic-sounding pop songs in the style of earthy bands like Wilco and Calexico. Russell Pollard, Jason Soda, Joel Graves, Rob Douglas, and Derek Brown first assembled in 2007, and connected quickly. Graves was especially excited about the instant chemistry, remarking in interviews, "I'm getting to play with my favorite singer, my favorite bass player, my favorite guitar player, and my favorite drummer. It's the band I've always wanted to be in."

In August 2007, they entered New Monkey studio with Foo Fighters producer Mike Terry to capture a set of light, acoustic-based songs on vintage equipment. After only two weeks of recording, one week of mixing, and an afternoon of mastering, their debut album, Ghost Notes, was finished, and they started shopping it around. Neil Young's Vapor Records label -- home of Tegan and Sara and Jonathan Richman -- seemed a logical choice, and after signing there, the group made plans to tour in promotion of Ghost Notes, which was scheduled for release in May of 2008. Two years later, they returned with On Approach, an album co-released by Warner Brothers in conjunction with Vapor. The band toured ceaselessly in support of the album, but the Warner Brothers connection didn't last long. In the beginning of 2011, road-weary from constant gigging, the band was dropped from the label and set about the process of regrouping for their next album. Teaming up with producer Rob Schnapf, well known for his work with Beck, Elliott Smith and many others, the band set about on a very careful and considered recording process for their third album Ownerless. The album was slated for release on new label ATO in summer of 2012 . ~ Jason Lymangrover

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