Aircrafting began as the DIY recording project of Jon Tehel and Daniel Jacobs, who produced collections of hazy lo-fi folk tunes recorded to cassette 8-track. In 2015 Nicole Lawrence, Pat Floyd, and Lee Bones joined the duo—transforming the project into a fully realized live band.
Dreamers is the first full-length record from Aircrafting as a five-piece band. The self-produced album was tracked live to ¼” tape by the group in their Brooklyn studio, with all basic tracks being cut over a period of about two days.
Aircrafting sought to make an exploration of Cosmic American music, and with Dreamers have delivered a set of nine songs ranging from folk ditties and country ballads to full-on rockers and long smoldering jams. With resonant vocal harmonies, layered guitar work, and keening pedal steel—Dreamers is a complete thought, a wholehearted and unreserved offering.
About the Recording:
Aircrafting’s Dreamers is a self-produced album, recorded to a Tascam 388 8-track ¼” tape machine in the band’s Brooklyn studio. The Tascam 388, a sought-after machine from the mid- 80s, has been championed by recording DIY’ers like Ty Segall, White Fence, and John Dwyer to name a few. The machine is both a mixing console and reel-to- reel on the same board, making the recording process a relatively easy one that allowed the band to capture a dynamic live feel with an analogue sound. The basic tracks for Dreamers were cut live over a period of about two days and the band spent the summer months finishing overdubs and fine-tuning. They brought in instrumentalist Dan Iead (Cass McCombs band) to cut the pedal steel tracks. The record was mixed by Jon Tehel and studio partner Jon Erickson, with final mixes being dumped down to a Tascam 38 ½” machine.
About Sinking Spaceship Recordings:
Aircrafting’s Jon Tehel and Nicole Lawrence operate a small limited-run cassette label called Sinking Spaceship Recordings (SSR), which is based out of their Greenpoint recording studio. Dreamers will be the label’s 17th release. SSR’s focus is on local Brooklyn-based bands—other recent releases from the label include a tripped-out punk EP from IYEZ and a collection of power pop tunes by Drew Taylor. Earlier this summer the label released Bright Spots, a compilation of light psych and heavy folk jammers by prominent Brooklyn bands and solo artists like Love as Laughter, Sunwatchers, Jaye Bartell, HOUNDSds, and more.