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Imagining the concept of an expressionist record, painting colors and textures through their music, the three brothers of Pontiak took on an ambitious project for their dream to come to fruition. Their latest LP, Echo Ono is the final product. In the process, Pontiak deconstructed and rebuilt their farm studio in the heart of Virginia order to create the record they envisioned. With a new mixing board, a Soundcraft 6000 24-track analog board they found at an exotic animal compound in Arkansas, which had once been used to record Herbie Hancock, they began reconstruction of the space. The subtle acoustics of the room became their guide, and once the transformation was complete, they quickly began laying down tracks. Throughout the recording, Van, Lain, and Jennings traded off instruments and engineering duties, treating their recording equipment as another instrument itself.
Pontiak carefully crafted Echo One, using several different amps and exploiting their unpredictability, along with two different drum sets and with a tape delay, but no distortion or overdrive pedals. All the while, they focused on the narrative of the entire record and throwing out any takes that weren't colorful and tangible. By the time they'd finished recording that summer, the album had taken on the texture and color that they feel with loud music, the kind that vibrates your ribcage. Direct and concise, the release is their vision fully realized. Released just last month, the AV Club has said it's, "their best work yet: a shotgun wedding of twang, texture, and gritty, progressive garage-blues that never sacrifices soul for the sake of brinksmanship. Instead, it embraces both." Pontiak is brothers Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney.