The second full-length album by the Antiques, "Awake" was released on Safranin Sound on October 7, 2008.
Track listing: Blackout, The Microphone Died, The Procession, The Time Escapes, Faceless Edna, I Know the World Ended Tonight, You're Holding my World, I'm Always Living with your Ghost, Paper Lanterns, Awake
"Awake" was recorded by the Antiques, tracked at Straylight Studios in College Park, Maryland, and at Igloo Studios in Washington, DC, except for "Paper Lanterns," which was recorded by Hugh McElroy & The Antiques and was tracked almost entirely at Swim Two Birds Studios. The album was mixed at Igloo and mastered at Straylight.
Thanks are due to those whose playing, voices, and artwork made this album complete. Without their involvement, it would have been a different record altogether:
"The Procession" is made whole by the beautiful singing of Sara Bettinardi, Tricia Brown, Arlene Gatchalian, Susan Johnson, and Catherine Lewis, who are all members of the DC-based a cappella group Kismet:
"Kismet is an all-female adult a cappella group in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We are thirteen professional women from diverse musical backgrounds who love the original sound created by layering unaccompanied voices in harmony. Kismet performs pop covers ranging from modern Top 40 to classic rock hits, with a flair for the unusual and unexpected."
"The Procession" also features saxophones played by Chris Connelly, whose band Soft Complex can be heard in the DC area and beyond, and a cello arrangement played by Alexia Kauffman.
Ms. Kauffman also played the cello on "Paper Lanterns." "Paper Lanterns" is made whole by the singing of Alexia, Hugh McElroy (of Hand-Fed Babies, Equinox, and numerous other projects), and Jamie Rimmer (of Five Four).
"Awake" is wrapped up with the work of three incredible visual artists- Stephen Carroll, Liz Kasameyer, and Carolina Mayorga.
"Travertine Sunset", a photograph by Mr. Carroll, is the cover image of the album. A wealth of this photography can be seen on his site here.
Open the pages of the album's booklet, and you will find the photograph "Mother's Father's Sweet New England" by Liz Kasameyer. This image, as well as many other works by Ms. Kasameyer, can be found on her site here.
Also within the pages of the booklet is a detail of the piece "Anatomy Study" by our longtime collaborative partner Carolina Mayorga. Visit her webpage to see more of her artwork, from the Death and Violence series to the Newspaper Soup promotional film.