Pennsylvania’s Petal is firmly an Upset fave, and her new album ‘Magic Gone’ – out very soon indeed – will no doubt soundtrack the summer.
I recorded the record with two of my great friends: Will Yip and Derrick Macias
I spent a month in Conshohocken at Studio 4 with Will and Derrick. Will is one of my best friends and always is up to do something different. I wanted this record to have production style close to the 70s, vocals high in the mix and crisp drums. He pushed me to follow through! Derrick is so incredibly talented, and him and Will working on the drums was nothing less than amazing. Derrick plays everything so well; they also make incredible music under them name DOTPONY. Between the three of us, we ate about 50lbs of Mexican food while recording the record. No regrets.
We recorded the vocals in whole takes
It was really important to Will and I that the vocals be as natural and real as possible. I feel like on Shame I was scared to sing fully and on this record, I was fired up to really let myself vocally go. Will had me sing vocals into the mic Lauryn Hill used to record Miseducation and every day it got me so excited to sing. That record is one of my favourites.
I play piano on the record
I’m a classically trained pianist. I studied for most of my life and went to college for it. It caused me a lot of anxiety, so I stopped playing. This record I decided to play again, and it felt really refreshing and good to do it again.
I got to help develop the film for the album art
Katie Krulock is the amazing photographer who shot all the art for the record. She showed me how to develop film that weekend in Pittsburgh, and it was so much fun! Sadie Shoaf, who styled me for the art, also was so hands-on and hand painted this amazing jacket I got to wear. It felt great to be so involved with all the art that went into the record.
I wrote most of the record in my car
The two months of last summer before we went into the studio I was working at a pizza shop in a strip mall and acting in a musical at a regional theatre. I was driving so much that I’d write a lot in my car just singing to myself and singing voice memos in my phone at red lights. Tight Rope I wrote really late at night after a Saturday shift at the restaurant feeling totally drained. It’s one of my favourite songs on the record.