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MAX BIEN KAHN - WHEN I CROSS IT OFF

ABOUT

"When I Cross it Off" is an album about big things and little things -- grief, heartbreak, new love, sex, making coffee, walking dogs, and getting through your day, one task at a time. Bien Kahn approaches universal themes like processing loss and falling in love with a sense of levity that reveals an underlying wisdom: in the wake of grief, ultimately it's the embracing of the little, everyday pleasures that brings happiness back into your life. As such, this album was made more so for dancing than quiet contemplation --with shakers, tambourines, and bongos featuring heavily alongside lap steel, organ, vocal harmonies, and the occasional horn section. Enlisting frequent collaborator Duff Thompson to co-produce alongside him, Bien Kahn employed minimal gear to create a live sound peppered with experimental tones, designed to bring some levity and rhythm into the listener's life, too.

 

Release date: July 07, 2023

TRACK LIST

1. Trouble

2. List

3. Run

4. Had

5. Lose

6.  Morning

7. Afternoon

8. Evening

9. Tie Me Up

10. Death Dance

                                                       CREDITS

Max Bien Kahn -Vocals, Guitar, Bass (7), Claps (7), Organ (9)

Howe Pearson - Drums (1, 2, 3, 9), Vocals (1, 4, 5, 7), Percussion (6), Claps (7)

Esther Rose -Tambourine (1), Vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 9), Guitar (2, 3, 6, 9)

Matt Bell - Lap Steel

Zach Thomas - Bass (1, 3, 4)

Sam Fribush - Piano (1), Organ (3)

Oliver Bonie - Baritone Sax (1)

Marty Peters - Tenor Sax (1)

Cameron Snyder - Percussion (2, 3, 5, 6, 10) , Vocals (1, 2, 5, 7), Bass (6), Claps (7)

Ross Farbe - Bass (2, 5, 9, 10)

Duff Thompson - Organ (2, 5, 6, 7, 10), Vocals (3), Drums (7), Percussion (7), Guitar (10)

Sam Doores - Drums (4)

Steph Green - Vocals (4)

Gina Leslie - Vocals (4)

Ray Micarelli - Drums (5, 10)

Mik Grantham - "bath" (7)

Shaye Cohn - Cornet (8)

Todd Burdick - Sousaphone (8)

Craig Flory - Bass Clarinet (8)

Charlie Halloran - Trombone (8)

Kalei Yamanoha - Accordion (9)

 

Written by Max Bien Kahn

Produced by Max Bien Kahn & Duff Thompson

Engineered & Mixed by Duff Thompson

Mastered by Paul Oldham

Artwork by Rae Buleri

Layout by Minnie Heart

Recorded May 2019 - March 2020 in New Orleans

Additional overdubs recorded Fall 2021 by Ross Farbe (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)

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