The Arcs return with new studio album Electrophonic Chronic, the group's first full-length since 2015's critically-lauded Yours, Dreamily. The new album was co-produced by the Arcs' Leon Michels and Dan Auerbach, and largely recorded with their bandmate Richard Swift before his untimely passing in 2018.
In 2015, Dan Auerbach entered the studio with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and the late Richard Swift (who passed away in 2018) to record the Arcs' debut album Yours, Dreamily in a handful of freewheeling sessions over two weeks. Now, more than seven years later, those same sessions have become the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out their anticipated follow-up, Electrophonic Chronic, a collection of psychedelic rock, gritty funk, and heady, soulful grooves.
Musically, Electrophonic Chronic was born from the band's mutual obsession with recording and crate-digging, taking in a wide range of inspirations including vintage soul, old school garage, and the space age pop of the 1960s.
Dan Auerbach says: “Whether it was New York City or Nashville or L.A. or Swift’s hometown of Cottage Grove, Oregon, wherever we were, we would always get in the studio together. Always. It was our favorite thing to do. It’s rare that you meet a group of people that you click with like that, who you instantly bond with. We were just having fun, making sounds, making music. It was an amazing time for me.”
Leon Michels adds: "There are probably between 80 and 100 tracks that we laid down, because we just constantly recorded after we put out Yours, Dreamily. It was so much fun to be in the studio once again, so we were just making music all the time. I think there was always a plan to make a follow-up record.”
Electrophonic Chronic features the Arcs full original line-up of Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss and Richard Swift. The collection was recorded between Nashville - at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio - and New York at Electric Lady and Leon Michels' Diamond Mine. The album's cover art was illustrated by El Oms, whose artwork also dons the cover of the group's 2015 debut Yours, Dreamily. Like much of Electrophonic Chronic it stands as a tribute to Swift, their bandmate and brother gone too soon. "This new record is all about honoring Swift," Auerbach concludes. "It’s a way for us to say goodbye to him, by revisiting him playing and laughing, singing. It was heavy at times, but I think it was really helpful to do it.”