Four years after the release of debut album The Ray Mann Three, and twelve months after beginning his innovative audience collaboration series, The Sketches Project, musician and visual artist Ray Mann follows up his getting-it-on album with a break-up record.
Produced between Sydney and Berlin (where Ray relocated to in mid-2011), Sketches marks a progression in the sound and the concept established with The Ray Mann Three. While Ray continues to pioneer a unique, low-fi take on soul-influenced music, Sketches builds on the sparse, minimal, organic sound of its predecessor, with more upbeat tracks and a broader palette of sounds: multi-layered vocals, pounding percussion, psychedelic guitars and a peppering of synthesizers set the musical scene for a collection of personal songs about change – change without, and change within.
The 15-track Sketches album features the nine songs released online as part of The Sketches Project (in Sketches EPs volumes 1, 2 and 3) together with new, previously unreleased tracks.
Debut album of stripped-back Soul music from three well-dressed cats. Ray and his band are those guys in the corner: sitting, jamming, sketching with minimal strokes; inhabiting a world of their own, but inviting you to visit – and maybe stay awhile…
The Ray Mann Three’s self-titled debut album was mostly recorded live, over a single weekend. The band – featuring Bart Denaro on drums, Byron Luiters on bass, and Ray Mann on guitar and lead vocals – tracked live to tape with producer Tony Buchen at Electric Avenue studios in Sydney. The album was then mixed by Tony at The Vault in Sydney, and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City.