NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY

I’m excited to announce that my new record, Vanishing Places Vol. 1 Bears Ears, is available today - one year to the day since I first began this project.

Listen to the album in it’s entirety here.

This album was written and recorded based on a series of field recordings I made in Bears Ears National Monument Utah after it was announced that the Trump Administration would reduce the National Monument by 85% in size — over 1 million acres, opening new mineral and oil and gas leasing opportunities, easing drilling regulations, and rolling back habitat protections for endangered species. The idea behind the project was to travel into wild places currently at risk, record the soundscape, then turn those field recordings into fully realized compositions back in the studio.

I wanted to record the soundscape in Bears Ears before it was changed, so after a few months of planning I packed up my field recorders and flew out to the desert. I first captured the soundscape, then synthesized those field recordings in different ways back in the studio. Those recordings became the foundation for this record, even if they’re now unrecognizable. With James Gadson on drums, and Lars Horntveth on horns and keyboards. The cover artwork is by Larry Bell.

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Luke Reynolds Vanishing Places Cover

VANISHING PLACES

I finished my new album, Vanishing Places. It was written and recorded based on a series of field recordings I made in Bears Ears National Monument earlier this year.  The idea behind the project was to travel into wild places currently at risk, record the soundscape, then turn those field recordings into fully realized compositions back in the studio. James Gadson played drums and Lars Horntveth contributed horns, woodwinds, and keyboards.  The cover artwork is by Larry Bell. Produced by Luke Reynolds. Mixed by Brad Bivens. Mastered by John Baldwin.

CUBE #32 by Larry Bell courtesy Larry Bell Inc
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JAMES GADSON

Yesterday we cut drums on two new songs of mine, with one of my favorite musicians of all time, James Gadson. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, especially my best friend Max Hart, Dave Cerminara for engineering, Jonathan Wilson for letting us into his studio, and Noah for helping line it all up. Most of all, thank you Gadson.

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Photos Max Hart

Photos Max Hart


RICHARD SWIFT

It fills me with sadness and frustration that our friend and collaborator Richard Swift has died.   My thoughts and condolences are with his family, especially his wife and three daughters whom he left behind. 

Richard was someone whom I deeply admired and meant so much to me.  

The last time I saw him in person, was at Electric Lady Studios in NYC after The Arcs played.  I'd brought with me a wild turkey feather and a chunk of quartz from the ground near the cabin to give to him.  I told him it was for good luck and to put it in his studio when he got back to Oregon.  He put it in the side pocket of his black trench coat, gave me a big hug and then I left to catch a subway home.  

To his family, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.  

I don't even know what to say.  I hope you know peace.  I love you so much Swift.    

Love, Luke

 


NEKO CASE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

Had the pleasure of working on a batch of songs with Neko Case for her forthcoming record.  Yesterday she announced that her new album, Hell-On, comes out June 1 via ANTI-.  I have an unbelievable amount of respect for her creative vision and artistry.  I hope we make more music together.  

Track list below:

1. Hell-On
2. Last Lion Of Albion
3. Halls of Sarah
4. Bad Luck
5. Curse of the I-5 Corridor
6. Gumball Blue
7. Dirty Diamond
8. Oracle Of The Maritime
9. Winnie
10. Sleep All Summer
11. My Uncle's Navy
12. Pitch Or Honey

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LUKE REYNOLDS NEKO CASE RECORDING
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