Memphis based psychedelic rock outfit, Spaceface, returned today with two new tracks; a brand new single in “Calm Before” and the KWKA remix of “Anything At All” – the closer of their critically acclaimed 2017 release, Sun Kids. The two tracks are both the result a collaboration with Mike Friddman (son of long time Flaming Lips collaborator and producer, Dave Friddman) who goes by the moniker KWKA. While his role on the remix of “Anything At All” is more obvious, the younger Friddman also mixed “Calm Before” – which was born out of the same recording sessions that produced Sun Kids. The producer immediately gelled with the members of Spaceface and the chemistry is apparent on these two new offerings from the band. Both “Calm Before” and “Anything At All” (KWKA Remix) are available for your streaming presence now.
Jake Ingalls (Vocals/Guitar for Spaceface) comments:
In the down time between when we recorded the song and when Mike mixed it, we kept revisiting it and couldn’t put our finger down on what’s missing from it. We even gave it to Wayne (Coyne) who has his own mix of it lying around somewhere but I think he got busy with other stuff so it never quite got finished. I think this might be our most collaborative song to date – it started as just song words Eric sang to wrote to a loop I’d accidentally left up in our practice space, then Matt added all these beautiful chords to it, Big Red added some crazy synths and I got that sorta out of control guitar on it. Eventually, I called up Mikaela and asked her to sing on it and she added this sort of Adventure Time style ethereal vocals that kinda lift it out of the drudge it was. I also took it over to Non Plus Ultra’s studio in L.A. to work on it with Vinyl Williams – he lent his hand to some bass guitar and keyboards but I lost the tracks right before he went on tour and ended up having to rerecord what I best remembered to be his parts which added this sorta more mystical turn between the verses. Then it all got handed over to Mike and we just let him do his thing to it (which is also a first for us, we’re usually very hands on with the mixing process) but sorta just letting everyone add their own flavor uninhibited has been a really liberating process.
These two new singles follow the band’s “Sky And The Road” – their first new music since the release of Sun Kids. “Sky And The Road” takes listeners another notch further down the rabbit hole that Spaceface opened up on Sun Kids. It’s full of exuberant, vibey synths and guitars – all orbiting a laid back beat that propels the song into another stratosphere of exploration and positivity. “Sky And The Road” proves once again that Spaceface are masters of constructing a new headspace for listeners that simultaneously serves as a method of escapism and a reassurance that life is a beautiful thing. You can listen to “Sky And The Road” now on Soundcloud and physical copies of the single are available at PIAPTK.com.
Spaceface is fronted by Flaming Lips guitarist, Jake Ingalls. They have quickly garnering a reputation for innovation both in their live show and psych-infused brand of indie rock since the release of their debut full-length, Sun Kids, last year. Sun Kids features collaborations with Mikaela Davis and Julien Baker among others and was co-produced by Jarod Evans, best known for his production work with the band Broncho. According to Ingalls, Evan’s production style “really glued the whole thing together for me. If you listen to Broncho’s stuff next to ours, you can definitely hear his vintage gear influence”.