The ‘Desert Surf Films’ EP expands upon the breezy Americana of Motel Radio’s 2015 debut EP ‘Days and Nights,’ and was recorded as essentially two chapters, with the band first isolating themselves at Dockside Studio in Maurice, LA alongside the Vermillion River.
Here they recorded three songs – “Phasing Out,” “Gimme Your Love” (called a “smooth…slow burner” by All Things Go), and “Call Of The Wild” – live to the studio’s Neve 8058 console with producer and engineers Justin Tocket and Ben Alleman.
The second chapter – “Palmilla,” “Nola Blues,” and “Star Of The South” – was tracked and self-produced in Motel Radio’s uptown New Orleans neighborhood at Bear America Studios, with assistance from Joe Ceponis and studio owner Carson Thielen. The resultant six songs of ‘Desert Surf Films’ feel warm yet urgent; the sound of a young band pursuing their dreams while coming to a better understanding of their place and purpose in a big world. There’s a newly experimental edge to the songs as well, with tinges of surf-y psych rock woven seamlessly throughout.