Release Date: 11.06.20
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Fresh off their critically ignored album ‘Multi Goods & Services’, which took over a decade to record, mix, and finally release in late 2019, The Channel refused to go quietly. ‘Electronic Luck’ is a sprawling psychedelic long playing album brimming with shameless influence from the Elephant 6 collective in its heyday. After the disappointing lack of coverage for ‘Multi Goods & Services’, Brent Pennington was ready to hang up the recording gear and settle into playing covers for supplemental income around Austin. Andy McAllister, running about 36 miles a week, was doing all he could to forget that it ever happened, and Colby Pennington was trying to sell his songs to Nashville. Suddenly, a global pandemic hit, and they were all stuck at home.
Colby began sending stripped down songs to Brent to add bass, harmonies, and anything else he could think of. He said, “Why not make a psychedelic Channel album?”. So they did. Brent took his songs and began staying up late every night adding layer upon layer, writing his own songs to contribute, and got Andy involved with the drum duties, as well as a song of his own. Heather McAllister also added her signature harmonies to the mix, and within a couple months, an album had come together.
Brent spent the next month or so working on segues and soundscapes to tie it all together, and Colby’s daughter Chloe rounded it out with a burst of beautiful harmonies for the haunting ‘Fountain of Tears’. ‘Electronic Luck’ may or may not change their luck when it comes to critical acclaim, but either way this will likely not be the last you’ll hear from The Channel.
RIYL: Olivia Tremor Control, The Beatles, Dr. Dog, The Black Angels
Recommended Tracks: “Circadian Rhymes”, “The Rain Comes”, “Frozen Visitations”, “Mello”
Download One Sheet PDF: The Channel – Electronic Luck
Previous Press Excerpts:
“The group’s vocal and instrumental arrangements have become more sophisticated, while their songs remain substantial and memorable.” – AllMusic.com
“Brent and Colby Pennington…The manner in which the two unite through music – their voices in constant harmony – makes The Channel truly remarkable.” – The Austin Chronicle
” The Channel are a family again, and hopefully the future will see a great deal from the band that brought us the sparkle and pop sheen of Personalized, and the maturity and song craft of Tales from Two Hill Heart/Sibylline Machine.” – Urban Pollution
” The Channel’s prolific approach to making music, if not their unique combination of different pop sounds in itself, should garner them some much-deserved attention.” – Treblezine.com
“The Channel, a modern band with modern influences, is apparently untainted by modern excesses. It is refreshing to hear such a homogenous mix of old school and new school from a young, promising group.” – Sponic
“Their melodies are so warmly enveloping that it doesn’t take long to be hooked. The projected warmth makes it impossible not to sing along…the vocals are so ingratiating, you’ll likely be humming these songs long after the record ends.” – Splendid
“The stuff of legends…we’ve got magic in our ears. These guys manage to blend electro, psychedelica and pure pop so seamlessly, it seems impossible. It’s almost hard to believe my ears, even after repeated listens.” – Lost at Sea
“Sounding like a bag of sunshine is no easy task; the same goes for harmonizing like the Beach Boys…however, if you are a member of the Channel, you have nothing to worry about. You are in a band that has created just about the best thing I’ve heard so far in this young year.” – Delusions of Adequacy
” The Channel proves just how good underground pop gets when everything is done right.” – Baby Sue
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