Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Adam Ben Ezra - Pin Drop (ROPEADOPE RECORDS 2017)

“Playing and recording the ‘Pin Drop’ album at ‘Little Big Beat Studios’ in Liechtenstein has undoubtedly been one of the most unique and creative experiences I’ve ever had. Recording an album in front of a live audience is a big challenge, it requires a lot of focus and attention since the songs are being played only once, with no option for re-takes. Luckily I had everything I needed to help me rise through this challenge.

Since the whole session was recorded through an analog tape, which had only 30 minutes duration, we divided the session into two focused sets with a brief interval for switching the tape. This contributed to the retro feeling whilst playing, the way musicians would have recorded before they introduced digital recording. Nothing compares to the quality of analog tape enhancing the warm sound of the bass.

The atmosphere in the room during the recording session was electrifying! The audience was asked to remain as quiet as possible so as not to interrupt the recording. This allowed for an even more attentive audience and it created such an immense energy. The sheer intensity of this silence and the effect it had on my playing is what inspired me to call the album “Pin Drop”. This rare experience of quiet before applause is something a musician rarely has the privilege to encounter.

I’ve learned so much during this experience. I believe it has sharpened my performance, improved my ability to really understand what it means to be in the moment and for this I am very grateful”. – Adam Ben Ezra

01. Intro
02. Silk Road
03. Prayer
04. Dear Prudence
05. Brown Piano
06. Can’t Stop Running
07. Balagusto
08. India Time
09. Flamenco
10. Lord of Forgiveness

All music composed and arranged by Adam Ben Ezra, aside from: 
- Dear Prudence (Composed by Lennon-McCartney, arranged by Adam Ben Ezra) 
- Lord of Forgiveness (Jewish traditional composition, arranged by Adam Ben Ezra) 

Recorded by Little Konzett at Little Big Beat Studios - Eschen/Liechtenstein 
Mixed and mastered by Little Konzett at Little Big Beat Studios – Weiler/Austria 
Technical assistant: Kerim Bachmann 
Production assistants: Olivia König & Anna Salcher 

Photography: Matthias Rhomberg 
Cinematography: Marco Rusch, Johannes Kogler, Bernhard Samson, Petre Mathislav, Chris Laine. 
Video editing: Marco Rusch 
Graphic Design: YONIL 
Print production: Victor Levin 
Love and support: Natalie Ben Ezra

Pin Drop – DIGITAL, CD, VINYL or BUNDLE. You get the complete digital album now, plus the pdf liner notes. CD’s ship out in 2 days! Vinyl preorders ship out by early July 2017.