Over the past few years, Boston producer and multi-intrumentalist André Obin has been quietly at work on a solo album, one that reconnects him to his shoegaze and dream-pop roots while marking a departure from his usual Soviet-bloc techno sound. And he’s done it in collaboration with Mark Gardener of British indie legends Ride.
Obin’s new LP is titled Warm Winter, set for January 27 release, and two tracks off it arrive this morning as snow falls on New England. Listen to “Solarium” and “Sanctuary” below.
Gardener co-produced and mixed the record at his OX-4-Sound Studio just outside London, and provides backing vocals on “Sanctuary” as well as another track. He can also be heard on melodica and e-bow guitar on “Holy Ghost.”
“I’ve wanted to make this record for a long time,” Obin writes online. “It is a collection of guitar songs and I knew I needed help to make them shine. I reached out to Mark Gardener, an incredible mixing engineer as well as fronting one of my favorite bands all time (Ride), and he took me on. In addition to the great mixing, he went above and beyond by contributing backing vocals and atmospheres on a few tracks. It was an incredible experience for me. I hope you will enjoy the escape.”
Those who pre-order the album (Bandcamp/iTunes/Google Play) get the first two tracks instantly, and the entire LP once it’s released three weeks from today. More to come as these two ethereal new tracks settle in.