OMG. So much to get to today. In recent weeks, I've been going over the many new and upcoming releases from our local music makers, and today I want to get in depth with one spectacular new album in the hopes to get you off your butt and up to the release party Saturday night at the Caribou Room in Nederland.
Longtime Boulder power group Intuit is one of those rare high-talent bands you might just stumble across playing at a local brewery. Though the Naropa grads have been playing shows big and small for years, they're also our neighbors — some of the kindest at that — and coworkers and friends. When you see these cats play at their level, it's clear the group is a diamond in the rough.
Good, local music is something to be celebrated and loved. But none of that actually need be the reason you download or purchase Intuit's newest, "Canyon Roots," as soon as you're done reading this.
Do it for the sound quality. I try to listen and get my hands on as much locally recorded music as possible, and let me say without qualification: "Canyon Roots" by Intuit is one of the best-sounding full-band albums I've ever heard. And you know I'm a snob about well-recorded music.
Part of the key to it, I'm sure, is the band's flexibility and openness to ideas. The impressive breadth of their sound, encompassing many genres, and their knack for catchy composition is displayed in the absolute best light possible, thanks to the tireless work of mixing and mastering engineer Tira Neal.
The band met Tira when they took her class at Naropa — Tira is adjunct faculty there and also at DU, offering classes in music production to both student bodies. I met Tira at her other gig when I stopped into The Green Room on 28th Street one day, because among the sonic wizard's large skill set is also an encyclopedic understanding of cannabis.
She and I must infuriate waiting customers with our gabbing about impulse response and digital jitter.
Anyway, kudos to the band and to Tira. The album from beginning to end exhibits an elite understanding of proper bass mixing, and though I've had it for just a couple of weeks, it is already a go-to disc I spin to show off a sound system.
Here's the call to action. Trust my audio knowledge, grab your friends and head up the canyon Saturday night to a new venue called The Caribou Room.
You guys. An audiophile, production guru and player named Peter Fiori has created a Fox Theatre-sized music venue in Nederland and outfitted it with some of the best equipment available. He's been quietly building this stunner of a nightclub — with a high-end restaurant attached — and the more I learn about his intentions for it, the more excited I get.
If you haven't gotten up to a show at The Caribou Room yet, why not let your first be this Saturday? Intuit shares the stage with Jeymo Club, and the show will be a perfect opportunity to snag a copy of Intuit's new delicious record, "Canyon Roots."