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Grundman Masters Poor Moon

New group collaboration Poor Moon mastered a new 5-song, 45rpm 12-inch vinyl EP, "Illusion," at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.

Pictured in the vinyl cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (l-r) mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, engineer/mixer Jared Hankins and Poor Moon musician/co-engineer Ian Murray. Photo by David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (March 16, 2012)—New group collaboration Poor Moon mastered a new 5-song, 45rpm 12-inch vinyl EP, Illusion, at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.

Poor Moon is a collaboration formed by members of Fleet Foxes and The Christmas Cards. On hand for the sessions were engineer/mixer Jared Hankins, who has worked with Fleet Foxes since 2008, and Ian Murray, mandolin/guitar player and backing vocalist.

Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls), Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo’s favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long-distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut, and recording with Ian and Peter, who were living in the San Francisco Bay area.

Recording engineer Jared Hankins explained that the material was recorded to Pro Tools and then mixed down to half-inch analog tape through a vintage API console at Avast! Studios in Seattle.

“We came here to master with Bernie because of our respect for his work,” said Hankins. “I’ve always wanted to work with him and hear the audio path he has configured at his studio. I have heard all these songs in demo form, and it’s been a long process of recording and getting them to this final stage in mastering, which is quite a thrill for all of us.”

Poor Moon’s Illusion will be released on March 27 by Sub Pop Records.

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