On his first full-length album, End of the Arcade, Sutter Zachman decided to embrace his unlikely medley of influences, from '80s new wave to baroque pop to bossa nova. The result is a kaleidoscopic sound all his own. "Music for me is a form of escapism," says the singer-songwriter. "I get to create the scenes that I see in my dreams."
Co-produced by Grammy-winning engineer Austen Jux-Chandler (Adele, Ed Sheeran), End of the Arcade is a deft, shape-shifting journey across genres and borders, with playful Brazilian horns, soaring strings, washes of synth, and psychedelic guitars swirling around Zachman's dreamy melodies. Cradling each word like a warm blanket, Zachman spins pensive and whimsical tales of rainy Spanish streets, clumsily seductive Swedish girls, eavesdropping bellmen in hotel lobbies – snapshots that now, after a year of global lockdown, feel even more exotic. But while he paints alluring pictures, an unmistakable yearning seeps through his lyrics. "I have a real appetite for answering questions that I don't have answers to," he laughs.
Zachman recorded most of End of the Arcade in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, where he'd formed a close circle of collaborators since signing his first songwriting deal as a teenager – including in-demand bassist Eliana Athayde (Weyes Blood) and drummer Kyle Crane (Kurt Vile, Neko Case). Once the pandemic hit, itching to put the finishing touches on the record but unable to go into the studio, he drafted musicians to contribute from their faraway homes, including a tiny brass section in London that recorded in their closet and an organ player in New York. The "cross-pollination," as Zachman puts it, added unexpected colors and surprises.
released October 8, 2021
Austen Jux-Chandler - Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Additional Sounds/Production
Be Hussey - Studio Engineer
Ben Brodin - Mixing
Sutter's first single, "Back to Sleep", achieved a welcoming radio debut in Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1 & BBC) and earned him an in-
studio performance with Yahoo! Music back in 2014.
His forthcoming album, Loose Advance, is further evidence of his capabilities as a producer and songwriter, reminding us that sometimes it's about laying off perfection and laying into the performance....more