Anacortes (Album Release Party), Karl Blau

anacortes (lower case "a" to distinguish it from the small Northwest town for which it's named) began in 2013 when current singer Shane Chapman and former guitar player Chris Gabriel decided to abandon some preconceptions about how to make music. The two, both teachers at a guitar school, wanted to see if they could write simple great songs without worrying about how they'd be perceived or what kind of Spotify playlist they'd fit into. "A good song is a good song." Gabriel assured the less confident Chapman. "You can decide if it should be Neo-Soul or some kind of Alt-Country opus after it's written."

They played their first public show at the Way Station in Prospect Heights and it felt great. As early versions of the songs from the debut album started to take shape, plans were made to hit the studio. Before production began at the Seaside Lounge in Park Slope, Chris was drawn to the West coast where he now works scoring films and other commercial projects.

Swooping in just weeks before the first recordings, current lead guitar player Emilio Tostado joined up bringing his unique voice to the project and completing the sound profile the band likes to think of as Brooklyn-Americana.

Today the group is made up of Chapman and Tostado along with (math tutor/bass extraordinaire) Jent LePalm and Jim Bloom on drums.

The main tracks for the upcoming album "New Cartography" were recorded over two days at Mission Sound in Williamsburg with mixing genius Myles Turney and mastered by Dan Millice at the Engine Room in Manhattan's Financial District

Karl Blau

Karl Blau is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone...) based in Anacortes, WA.

In addition to his solo releases, he's worked/recorded/toured with artists such as Laura Veirs, Mount Eerie, The Microphones, Stebmo.

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