Wednesday, May 03, 2006


ALBUM: Life In The Shade
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Indie / Electronica
INFO: Andy Chase of BROOKVILLE is a New York-based musician and producer. He is best known as a member of the band IVY, and has co-produced and co-written all of the music on IVY's four critically acclaimed albums, as well as IVY's score for the Farrelly Brothers movie "Shallow Hal", and IVY's song I'll Be Near You for the recent film "Bee Season" (Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche). As a producer, he has enjoyed success with the French pop group Tahiti 80, whose debut album Puzzle was a critical and commercial hit around the world, particularly in Japan, where it went gold. This success in Asia led to numerous subsequent production and songwriting offers for Chase, including work with Japanese megastar Chara and several other artists, all of whom recorded songs that Chase had specifically written for them. Chase also co-owns Stratosphere Sound recording studio in NYC with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and IVY bandmate (also in Fountains Of Wayne) Adam Schlesinger. BROOKVILLE is a project that allows Chase to balance his talent for songcraft with his love for rich sonic landscapes and textures. It is in some senses a "solo concept," on which Chase is free to explore the type of languid, atmospheric music that is only hinted at within the tight pop framework of IVY's records. But the many contributing musicians that appear, including Eric Matthews, James Iha, The Brazilian Girls, Steve Osborne (New Order, Elbow, Doves), Jean-Pierre Ensuque (Autour de Lucie), Jody Porter (Fountains Of Wayne), Josh Lattanzi (Ben Kweller, The Lemonheads), and many others, suggest that BROOKVILLE is always a collaborative effort that leaves ample room for experimentation and exploration. Life In The Shade, BROOKVILLE's follow up to "Wonderfully Nothing", is set for release in June 2006.
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