Clandestine Amigo | Things Worth Remembering


Press release | PS Audio’s Octave Records is proud to release Things Worth Remembering, the second album by pop/rock band Clandestine Amigo. Recorded in pure high-resolution Direct Stream Digital - DSD and mastered using Octave Records’ DSDDirect Mastering process, the album finds singer/songwriter/pianist Jessica Carson, singer Giselle Collazo and the band stretching their musical and lyrical boundaries with the addition of vocalist Katie Mintle and an expanded ensemble sound. Carson notes, “when I’m writing, I usually start out with a feeling and try to find chords, music and lyrics that match that feeling. And people’s feelings and experiences are complex.”
Things Worth Remembering was recorded at Animal Lane Studios in Lyons, Colorado in pure DSD using the Sonoma recording system. It’s available as a limited-edition release of 1,000 hybrid SACD discs with the master DSD layer and a CD layer. In addition, the album can be purchased as a download bundle including DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz/24-bit, 96kHz/24-bit and 44.1kHz/16-bit PCM. In the DSDDirect Mastered process, the mastering occurs at the same time as the mixing, thereby eliminating a generation of audio processing to maintain maximum sonic purity. Things Worth Remembering was produced by Jessica Carson, who was also the executive producer, with Giselle Collazo as co-producer. It was recorded and mixed by Jay Elliott and mastered by Gus Skinas.
Vocalist Katie Mintle adds a smooth, sultry element to Clandestine Amigo. “Her lead vocals really fit what the songs are trying to say,” said Carson. Mintle is featured on three tracks, I Wish, Things Worth Remembering and Let It Be. In addition to the core band of Jessica, Giselle, Michael Wooten - drums and Kyle Donovan - acoustic and electric guitar, the record features guest appearances from Octave Records artists Gabriel Mervine - trumpet, Bradley Morse - upright and electric bass, Tom Amend - organ and flute, Jonathan Sadler - vibraphone, Eben Grace - pedal steel and Jay Elliott - tambourine.
Jessica recorded her piano parts on a Yamaha 7-1/2-foot concert grand piano and the basic tracks were recorded live in the studio using a Sonoma digital audio workstation - DAW in pure one-bit DSD. A variety of Neumann, Coles, Sennheiser, AKG and other mics were used, including a C24 custom-modified by Tim de Paravicini, along with Manley, Forsell, Grace Design, Summit Audio and Neve mic preamps. The result is a warm yet detailed, spacious yet inviting recording that artfully combines compelling songwriting with stunning sound.

About Octave Records
Octave Records was founded in 2019 to offer the finest-quality high-resolution recordings and compensate musicians fairly for their work using a business model where all production costs are paid for up front, allowing the musicians to directly share in sales revenues and retain ownership of their music. Chief engineer Gus Skinas has hundreds of recording credits and helped develop the state-of-the-art Sonoma pure-DSD recording system used exclusively by Octave Records.

About PS Audio
Founded in 1973, PS Audio has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in manufacturing innovative, high-value, leading-edge audio products. Located in Boulder, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, PS Audio’s staff of talented designers, engineers, production and support people build each product to deliver extraordinary performance and musical satisfaction. The company’s wide range of award-winning products include the all-in-one Sprout100 integrated amplifier, audio components, power regenerators and power conditioners.


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