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Fort Atlantic

Fort Atlantic

by Fort Atlantic
     
 
Fort Atlantic is really singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and 21st century home studio producer Jon Black, who assembled, arranged, and put together this striking album pretty much on his own, playing most of the instruments and parts himself. But this is no four-track analog recording full of bounce-downs -- it makes full use of all that the 21st century

Overview

Fort Atlantic is really singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and 21st century home studio producer Jon Black, who assembled, arranged, and put together this striking album pretty much on his own, playing most of the instruments and parts himself. But this is no four-track analog recording full of bounce-downs -- it makes full use of all that the 21st century digital realm allows, with laptops, loops, and other digital doodads blended into the mix (Black is even credited in the album liner notes with playing instruments called "atmosphere" and "noise," along with the pianos, guitars, and harmonicas he also played). Recorded largely in his home studio in Birmingham, Alabama (some additional recording and the final mixing was done at Tom Schick's Magic Shop in New York City), Black did use some additional musicians in the later stages of the project (including drummer Josh Cannon, who plays with Black as a duo called Fort Atlantic for live shows), and the resulting album is a wonderful bit of anthemic and melodic dream pop, sounding a bit like Jackson Browne set loose in a Pro Tools playground. But Fort Atlantic is no 21st century Frankenstein project. It sounds like classic rock, free of gimmicks even as it is actually laced with them, and as a lesson in how what's new can be used to make something that seems old and timeless, Fort Atlantic has to get an A plus. Tracks like the opener, "No One Will Know," the beautiful, positive, and hopeful "Let Your Heart Hold Fast," and the closer, "There Is Love' (which opens with wordless Beach Boys-type vocal harmonies), all sound as natural as an ocean, endlessly melodic and constantly shifting into quirky little musical corners with grace and elegance. This is a fine debut album. Black will have quite a task to better it, but everything here suggests that he has that kind of vision.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2012
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020161627
catalogNumber:
1616
Rank:
96091

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fort Atlantic   Primary Artist
Kenny Hutson   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Keith Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Jon Black   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Noise,Omnichord,fender rhodes
John Sherrill   Choir, Chorus
Josh Cannon   Drums
Trevor Newberry   Bass
Sarah Soltis   Choir, Chorus
Michael Fray   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Soltis   Choir, Chorus
Mary Soltis   Choir, Chorus
Katie McCullough   Choir, Chorus
Justin McElroy   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Koonce   Trombone
Grace Soltis   Choir, Chorus
Evan Munger   Trumpet
Erin Tracy Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Waddey   Choir, Chorus
Conor McCullough   Choir, Chorus
Brian T. Murphy   Piano,fender rhodes
Andrew Brasfield   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Tom Schick   Engineer
Kenny Hutson   Engineer
Greg Sykes   Art Direction,Layout
Dan Phelps   Programming
Jon Black   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Atmosphere
Kabir Hermon   Engineer
Brian T. Murphy   Engineer
Lauren Black   Engineer

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