August 9, 2010 - EXIT 451: A BRAND NEW SOUND EMERGES FROM MONTREAL
The band Exit 451 (Montreal) has recorded an ambient and hypnotic pop-rock album with thoughtful lyrics and a fresh new sound.
The Sea Above the Sky album was recorded, produced and mixed by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithful, Tragically Hip, Tom Waits, etc.) of Daniel Lanois' crew (U2, Brian Eno, etc.) at The Bank Studio 451 (www.studio451.ca) in Montreal.
Band members are: Alain Avon (guitars, keyboards, piano, arrangements), Martin Avon (bass, arrangements) and JP Alepins (lyrics, vocals, piano). Drummer Steve Nistor (who played with Daniel Lanois, Robert Plant, Steve Albini, etc.) completed the band and recorded all drum and percussion tracks. Two drum kits were used, one of them being Jeremy Gara's C&C drum kit, (Gara is Arcade Fire's drummer). He graciously lent it to the band for the duration of the recording sessions. Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan's producer) also contributed to the recording sessions in lending some of his vintage guitars and amps. A one-month closed retreat at 'The Bank Studio 451' with a team of 7 people was needed to capture the essence of The Sea Above the Sky.
Out of the 12 complete songs recorded, 10 were carefully chosen for the album. This project was made possible thanks to the implication of The 451 Recording House label.
The visual signature of the album was developed by Marc Bessant, Real World's official graphic artist (Peter Gabriel's label), based in the U.K. He has designed Portishead's latest album sleeve as well as Peter Gabriel's the most recent CDs and DVDs artwork. Read more on his experience working with Exit 451 here: http://lifeonmarc.blogspot.com/2010/08/exit-451.html
A genuine goldsmith's work, the mastering was beautifully done by Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles, keeping all the natural breath of the original recordings. The 'vintage sound' was intentional for a more profound sound and better listening pleasure.