Engineers songwriter and guitarist Mark Peters’ new EP features guests including former One Dove singer Dot Allison and pedal steel legend B.J. Cole.
The EP includes two brand new tracks alongside two remixes of songs from last year’s acclaimed album ‘Red Sunset Dreams’. The Dot Allison-featuring ‘Sundowning’ gets an almost Balearic makeover by Richard Norris which flows perfectly from ‘Silver River’, featuring B.J. Cole, which has been turned into awe-inspiring ambient Americana by the Indianapolis collective Dawn Chorus And The Infallible Sea.
“Their album Liberamente on Azure Vista was one of my favourite records of 2020,” says Mark. “It has some of the best ambient guitar recording I’ve heard for a long time. I love how they’ve re-contextualised B.J.’s pedal steel with a different kind of melancholic backdrop – it’s much more reflective and dreamlike than the original.”
The two new tracks, despite sharing a common theme with the album in terms of their sunset-related titles, signal a change in musical mood. Both are much more propulsive and driving, inspired by Mark’s recent live shows which he has played as a trio with bassist Dean Roby and drummer Chris Smith. In fact, adding the title track to his live set finally brought it to life after 20 long years.
“I wrote the demo for ‘Magic Hour’ while living in a flat in the centre of Manchester in the early 2000s on a Soundcraft desk loaned to me by Simon Tong,” says Mark of the title track’s origins. “It was called ‘Alesis’ for years because I recorded the initial guitar through an Alesis Quadraverb that belonged to The Verve’s Nick McCabe, but it’s now grown into something more groove-based, like an electronica-influenced take on what I was doing on Innerland.”
‘Alpenglow’ came about more recently after Mark bought a Boss RC-300 Loop Station. “My initial intention was to attempt the unspeakable by recording a psychedelic Joy Division-style track,” explains Mark. It does indeed have a dark, post-punk feel, like a souped-up ‘Shadowplay’, but as it cranks into krautrock gear it could almost be Neu! with the late, great Tom Verlaine replacing Michael Rother on guitar.
released March 24, 2023
Mark Peters: guitars, bass, lap steel, piano, synthesizer, sampler, percussion
Dot Allison: vocals on ‘Sundowning’
BJ Cole: pedal steel guitar on ’Silver River’
Dean Roy: bass on ‘Magic Hour’ and ‘Alpenglow’
Christopher Smith: drums on ‘Magic Hour’
Alex Allen: drums on ‘Alpenglow’
All songs by Mark Peters (published by BMG Rights Management) except ‘Silver River’ by Mark Peters and BJ Cole, ‘Sundowning’ by Mark Peters and Dot Allison. Dorothy Allison published by Air-Edel Associates Ltd
Produced, engineered and mixed at home by Mark Peters
Vocals recorded at Castlesound, Pencaitland by Stuart Hamilton
Drums for ‘Magic Hour’ and bass for ‘Magic Hour’ and ‘Alpenglow’ recorded at Eckersley Mill, Wigan (additional engineering by Dean Roby)
Drums for ‘Alpenglow’ recorded at The Ark, Liverpool (engineered by Steve Powell)
Additional production on ‘Sundowning’ by Dot Allison and Andy Burke
Additional production and remix on ‘Silver River’ by zakè, Marc Ertel and Damien Duque
Additional production and remix on ‘Sundowning’ by Richard Norris
Mastered by Tom Woodhead at Hippocratic Mastering
Artwork and images by Marc Jones
Artistic direction by Nathaniel Cramp
supported by 31 fans who also own “The Magic Hour EP”
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I couldn't pick a favourite track, just like I couldn't pick a favourite Engineers album.. They're all favourites. cintorix