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Singled Out: Young Empires' Sunshine

06/29/2015
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Today Matthew Vlahovich, the lead singer and keyboard player for Canadian indie-rock group Young Empires, tells us about their new single "Sunshine". Here is the story:

We came up with the chord progression for 'Sunshine' on a Wurlitzer 200A electric piano at my old apartment and started experimenting with different vocal effect chains. We ended up capturing some interesting takes using my vintage SM-57 Unidyne III, a tube mic pre, and Roland Space Echo effect box.

We brought in the demo to our producer, and I recall him sending me into the hallway to sketch up some more vocal ideas. I ended up singing the chorus melody into the built-in microphone on my MacBook. It was all distorted and lo-fi, but there was something interesting about the over compressed and harmonic distortion, that we ended using that take in our final mix.

We built the beat with an vintage drum kit, brought in some gospel singers to do vocal overdubs, and eventually finished up tracking at Phase One studios in Toronto, Canada.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group right here!

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