Scores sees the return of Parisian composer MAINE barely four months after the release of his debut LP, IV.
With UK producer SECONDSON back behind his vintage analogue console, Scores is the perfect bridge between IV and MAINE’s follow up (you guessed it, V) pencilled in for a mid 2017 release.
Featuring 4 previously released songs accompanied by 4 brand new songs, MAINE‘s Michel Dupay wanted to use Scores "to emphasise how the subtle layers and delicate sounds when combined make the fragile, almost ethereal basis of most of my songs. My producer, SECONDSON explores all avenues of the material, and continually deconstructs and re-evaluates the songs to essentially destroy and recreate them until they almost become pieces of time rather than musical pieces.”
Dupay and SECONDSON were brought together by their mutual love of analogue equipment, with enough instruments and studio hardware between them to build a workspace so fine tuned, most modern musicians would feel lost without a library of VST's.
Scores features not only some of the music industry’s most cherished synthesizers, but some techniques and effects that are unique to their studio. MAINE has developed a way of using a bowed guitar through an old Roland tape echo machine, to create the long subtle sweeps you hear throughout Scores.
There is also a reclaimed piano soundboard that is bowed with ribbon, horse hair, fishing wire and zip-ties. The soundboard is also used as a makeshift reverb unit with sounds transported through it via a modified active monitor which reverberates the entire board when activated and re-recorded again. It’s ethereal, timeless and endless.
As with MAINE’s first three EP’s and debut full length album, the sound is solidified and mixed in an analogue environment with SECONDSON’s old Soundtrack mixing desk. A desk that was "frankensteined" from parts loosely salvaged from Rockfield Studios and even one of Gary Numan’s old recording consoles.
MAINE blends distant vocals, manipulated reverb, strings and fragile melodies into a fabric that is bordering on other-worldly. Leave your preconceptions at the door when you come in to listen.
released May 19, 2017
Toutes les chansons écrites et réalisées par le Michel Dupay.
Enregistré, mixé et masterisé par Leon Ouest à la Bourse & Studio de Voilerie Pays de Galles, Printemps à Été 2016.