The debut solo release from Machine 475 co-founder Forrest James.
I am so happy to present “Under The Chrome Sea” to you. Nine months in the making, this concept album is a special gift that came to me at a very unsettling, but beautiful, time in my life.
I’ve always wanted to work on a concept album. As an art form I really admire them in a way that “single” culture can’t ever touch for me. On top of that I planned from the beginning to release this album on vinyl, so whilst composing I was also considering timing, song placement, and how length affects sound quality. It has been an enjoyable voyage to new, welcome, terrain. Needless to say, I studied the 1970’s and 80’s and how the idea of the album was approached in that era. “Under The Chrome Sea” is the result of all these meanderings and more.
Recorded at my home studio in Lynn, Massachusetts, in Salem, Massachusetts, London, U.K., and on the road.
Moog Little Phatty, MiniMoog, Casio CZ-1000, Linn Drum, Yamaha RX11 Drum Machine, Musicman Sting Ray Bass, American Deluxe Fender Stratocaster, Larrivee Acoustic Guitar, Fender Super-Sonic Amp, a Mark Bass Combo Head II, Shaker, Tambourine, and Ableton Live,
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Special thanks goes to my co-producer Juliette Fritsch, photographers Lucio Lecce and Henry Hung, videographer Shawn Morrissey, objective ear on-call, and Casio lender, Steve Zimmerman, and Bob Melvin for his gift of the Yamaha RX11.
I would also like to thank all of my fellow musicians in Salem/North Shore of Boston, especially Radio Scotvoid and Richard Lewis for keeping the pulse moving forward!