It’s not too often that you hear the culmination of a life time spent surrounded by and experimenting with recorded music. Born in NJ, keyboardist and producer Mikael Jorgensen’s background dates back to when his father Joe, an accomplished New York City recording engineer, started taking him to along to work. Years later Jorgensen would find himself at SOMA Studios in Chicago during the mixing of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and soon found himself as a full fledged member of the band.
Now, after time spent indulging in synth constructions outside of the Wilco mold, Jorgensen and long-term musical partner Greg O’Keeffe are prepping the electro-eschewing and aptly titled Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O’Keeffe out September 24th on Butterscotch Records. The evolution of the record follows a creative process that began with augmented live studio tracks into Jorgensen reaching the nth degree of saying, “To hell with it, I’m going to replace every sound on this song with a synthesizer except the drums.”
This approach pays off in first taste “The Return Of Luther Jones” which showcases a lush, pulsating warmth in sound as new forays in sound are executed and extrapolated in the tight instrumental piece. Stream the lead offering from Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O’Keefe below.