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Trace Mountains Is The Newest Addition To The Ground Control Touring Roster

Trace Mountains Is The Newest Addition To The Ground Control Touring Roster

Posted 09/25/2018

We’re thrilled to announce Trace Mountains as the newest addition to the Ground Control Touring roster!

A Partner to Lean On, the first proper full length from Trace Mountains, is both an extension of David Benton’s initial excursion to explore the world of sounds in solitude, and a continuation of his lifelong relationship with music-making as a social process. The songs featured on A Partner to Lean On came about over the course of many years, featuring some ideas that pre-date even the earliest Trace Mountains release in 2013. There are also more current songs, written right up into the summer of 2017 when the record was recorded and completed, a time of extraordinary confusion & anger, when the refuge of listening to & creating music was needed more than ever. The way the work spans time periods is intended to be reflected in the record itself, perhaps not strictly linearly, but flowing from place to place, idea to idea, connecting memories, thoughts and things in a way that feels purposeful. It starts in the present, and branches out into different directions to hopefully arrive at a meaningful assessment of where Benton stands.

Unlike Benton’s older work, A Partner to Lean On relies on the talents of a group rather than just himself. In addition to co-producing a portion the record at Gravesend Recordings, Jim Hill played electric guitar and synthesizer. Rhythm section performances were provided by Kyle Seely (drums) and Nick Corbo (bass), and additional vocals were contributed by Susannah Cutler and Ben Smith. Benton played guitar, synthesizer, and recorded a bunch of other things, overdubbing at his home studio, and when the record was complete, it was mixed by the inimitable Mike Ditrio. It was then mastered by Paul Gold in October of 2017.

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