Formerly one-third of the neo-kosmische band, Emeralds, Mark McGuire has amassed an impressive discography not only with that band but also as a solo musician. Since 2007, I count nearly fifty solo releases, not even to mention ongoing or one-off collaborative projects such as Inner Tube (with Charles Berlitz) or Skyramps (with Daniel Lopatin). Yet as prolific as he is, live performances seem much less frequent. Beyond their scarcity, however, McGuire’s live performances are notable for being a new and unique experience each time you see him. For instance, at a performance during 2012’s Unsound Festival, he spent a good deal of the set playing bass guitar; and for last year’s Big Ears Festival a majority of the performance was made up of shorter songs paired with lyrics, compared with his usual long-form instrumental jams.
McGuire’s Baby’s All Right set features three lengthy pieces, two of which are new and one previously released. “Noctilucence”—named for the phenomenon of summer clouds shining at night (and yes, I had to look that up)—hails from a 2014 EP of the same name released on Dead Oceans. New song and set-opener “Entity” layers shimmering guitar lines over preprogrammed beats, illustrating the type of guitar work for which McGuire is best known. And finally, “2015 Jam” begins with a sound collage underpinned by some light atmospherics that eventually develops into a throbbing beat joined by overlapping guitar solos. By far the most intense song of the evening, the crowd’s sense of release at its conclusion is palpable even on the recording.
This set was recorded by Baby’s FOH Rubes Harman, who provided a stereo board feed as well as a recording of the house mics. I mixed these two sources in post-production and the sound is outstanding. Enjoy!
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Baby’s All Right
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Recorded by Rubes Harman
Produced by Eric PH
Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Rubes Harman) > Rubes mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)
03. 2015 Jam
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