Takamatsu Station

by Ava Luna

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about

"the best of what goes around"

There were other Ava Lunas before this, and there was Ava before that. But our Ava Luna began with a promise that I made to Nathan in the summer of 2006, in Takamatsu, Japan. Nathan and I agreed that we would devote our twenties to a rock and roll band and compromise for nobody and be as weird and sad and joyous as we wanted. And when our band toured the world, we'd return to Japan and play a show right there, where we sat, on the roof of Takamatsu Station.

Our Ava Luna fulfilled most of that promise, and now that my twenties are over here is my birthday present for everybody. Recordings of me and some of the best people I've known in my life, fooling around, piecing things together. Some of these things are old, some are newer, some are unfinished. This isn't an album, there's no story here, at least not the type that we'd calculate. Rather, it's the story of a bunch of friends making songs for lots of years, holed up some place or another, optimistic, quixotic.

Up til now Ava Luna has been a beautiful promise, and after now it can be something different. With these songs, everything we've ever recorded is on the internet now. That's our gift to you. happy birthday everybody

- Carlos

credits

released July 15, 2015

The album cover is a blind contour drawing by Marie Demple in Weimar, TX 5/11/15

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1. Jelly Sweat

A song that we tried many times and never quite figured out. Really fun to play live. Rockin' on the modern dog.

Becca - guitar, vocals
Carlos - guitar, vocals
Felicia - keys, vocals
Julian - drums
Ethan - bass
Nathan - synth

Recorded at the schoolhouse on Bushwick Ave, Summer '12
mixed by Dev Gupta, Greenpoint Brooklyn


2. No F (7" version)

Original version of No F for a 7", b/w Stages. The 7" fell through and these songs landed on Ice Level, in newer versions.

Alex Smith - drums
Becca - vocals
Gelicia - vocals
Anna Sian - vocals
Carlos - vocals, keys
Nathan - synth
Ethan - bass

Recorded by Carlos at Trinity Korean Methodist Church in Gravesend, Brooklyn, 2010


3. Chiseled Abs

An earlier version originally appeared on a split tour cassette with Celestial Shore, January 2012. This version was mixed for inclusion on Electric Balloon but didn't make the final tracklist. Carlos re-recorded these vocals with Jimmy in Miami.

Becca - guitar, vocals
Carlos - guitar, vocals
Felicia - keys, vocals
Ethan - bass
Julian - drums

Recorded at the Kagan House, Spring '13
mixed by Jimmy Douglass, Summer '13


4. I Don't Care

A cover of a song by Icona Pop. Recorded in a hurry for Rookie Magazine.

Becca - guitar, vocals
Carlos - piano, bleeps and bloops
Felicia - keys, vocals
Ethan - bass
Julian - drums

Recorded and mixed at Gravesend Recordings in the Silent Barn, Brooklyn September 26, 2013


5. Water Duct

Recorded after Ice Level, this has been a live favorite of ours for a while. Was mixed by Jimmy for possible inclusion on Electric Balloon but we decided against it.

Carlos - guitar, vocals
Becca - guitar, vocals
Felicia - keys, vibraphone, vocals
Nathan - synth
Ethan - bass
Julian - drums

Recorded by Brian McTear and Jon Low at Miner Street in Philadelphia, PA, sometime in 2012. Mixed by Jimmy Douglass, Summer 2013


6. Rain

Felicia's song, we added some overdubs and put it out as a flexi. The only song we've ever recorded that Carlos doesn't appear on, though he did mix it.

Originally appeared as part of Keep In Touch flexi series, 2015

Felicia - programming, keys, vocals
Becca - vocals
Ethan - bass, guitar
Julian - drums

Mixed by Carlos


7. Hurricane

Carlos' original demo of Daydream, recorded in his bedroom in the hours before Hurricane Sandy.

Carlos played everything


8. Crown (original)

The first version of this song, tracked at the Kagan House. We ended up re-tracking this at the Kagan House six months later. Nathan had left the band at that point so we took his synth part from this version and stretched it to fit the new version. Thank you Nathan!

Becca - vocals, guitar
Felicia - vocals, keys
Carlos - vocals, guitar
Nathan - synth
Ethan - bass
Julian - drums

Recorded at the kagan house, fall 2012


9. Stages (original)

The b-side of the abandoned No F seven-inch. Carlos added a section to the song and we re-recorded it for Ice Level.

Alex smith - drums
Becca - vocals
Felicia - vocals
Anna Sian - vocals
Carlos - vocals, keys
Nathan - synth
Ethan - bass

Recorded by Carlos in the Gravesend basement, 2010


10. Crystal Pumpkin

Carlos's original demo of the song Electric Balloon. It was called "Crystal Pumpkin" until the very last second.

Carlos played everything


11. Black Dog (original mix)

The pre Dave Fridmann rough mix of this song includes a lot of ambient sounds that got buried in the final mix. We stretched a bunch of mic cables out into the woods outside of Cindy Gooden's house, where we were recording. Dave's mix is far superior but the ambient sounds here evoke the ghosts that were in the woods that night.

Carlos - guitar, vocals
Felicia - keys, vocals
Becca - guitar, vocals
Ethan - bass
Julian - drums

Recorded at the Gooden family house in Benton, MS in May 2014


12. Carbon (original mix)

The pre Dave Fridmann mix of this song. Dave suggested a change to the beginning of the song, so now here you can hear the original idea as Carlos imagined.

Carlos - piano, vocals
Felicia - keys, vocals
Becca - guitar, vocals
Ethan - bass
Julian - drums

Recorded at the Silent Barn, summer 2014

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