Carrera (full lenth album)
Carrera is the sophomore release from Duluth, Minnesota's Sadkin. It was many years in the making as these things tend to take time when a project is diy from stem to stern - self produced, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered. But good things do come in time and it is hoped that this effort is no exception.
Carrera, which translates to both - career and race, were both meanings celebrated within the context of this new collection of works; though getting the album across the finish line took longer than most, the frenetic pace of just a few souls doing the work of many was an unyielding constant.
Shifting from Sadkin’s debut, Elan Vital, a more subdued reflection in the wake of personal loss to now, diving deep into both social-political musings to turning inward with quixotic visions of existential adventures to what may lay beyond. Carrera takes up exploring notions of consciousness, communication and wonderment of self, place & accountability. Why not?
Joining Max on this adventure are the band members themselves as well as notable guest, saxophonist Greg Kehl Moore and drumming luminary, Michael Bland (Prince, Soul Asylum, Chaka Khan, Paul Westerberg).
Recorded and produced in privacy at Max's cozy house in Duluth's Central-Hillside; with only a few overdubs tracked remotely. This effort aimed high in both ambition and desired effect. Every effort was made, and at every step, to deliver a collection of works which dove deep in taking on musical pieces that often demanded elaborate arrangements, sharp turns and tight-rope walking panache.
This no-compromise ethic crossed over during the entire production process as well. Some songs re-recorded multiple times, others requiring not just two rounds of mixing, but 3 ...even more; whatever it required. The mantra throughout the entirety of the production was simple, perhaps even a little obtuse, but for Max and Sadkin it was the clarifying declarative intent - 'It has to sound like a record'.