A Nighthawk will release 2 EPs every year. The trappings of the album cycle, with its manic-depressive ups and downs, to-ings and fro-ings, will be left to others. Maybe one EP will include a single 20-minute track, while the next has six 3-minute pop songs. The first EP – Until I Faltered I Wasn't Free – was recorded in November 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, with Peder Mannerfelt. Tapping into Peder’s electronic genius, this first release is tapered with blips and bleeps and a machine for a drummer, something new for both these old cats. But listen here, this has not written the rulebook for A Nighthawk. While this first EP – their virgin release – is very dear to their hearts, A Nighthawk retains its predatory nature to hunt out just what it needs when the musical moment comes a-callin’, and will use as many or as few instruments, sounds, styles and musicians to reach their own perfection.
A Nighthawk will record with a variety of producers, who will each arrive with their own bag full of private tricks, styles and magic. Patterns will emerge, of course, as the core of A Nighthawk remains the same, yet special guests will be invited to ebb and flow upon the final sounds. The second EP, for example, includes a real-live drummer and a Swedish-American producing duo, and was produced in Stockholm in July at the Ingrid studio.
While the music is being produced, Ted spins out a video chapter for the songs which fill his mind with moving imagery, complimenting the tunes with the "gimme more gimme more" video work he is known for. And then there is the artwork, website and general band design, for what you see most certainly influences what you hear. And A Nighthawk does not take this lightly. So in waltzes Raffaele, the London member of A Nighthawk, the third party to this all, the feathers atop them nighthawk blood and bones. Having known Sarah for years and years, and Ted for just a few less years than all those other years, Raffaele comprehends. He just does. And thus puts the intangible down on vinyl packaging, web material, anything visual besides the videos. And as the third member, Raffaele is permanent, thus completing the perfect circle. A Nighthawk – Sarah, Ted and Raffaele – are sticking together, all blood, bones and feathers. No best-by date, no need to feel the pulse of the industry to know what to produce next, no burning desire to sell sell sell. What comes is already coming…
A Nighthawk present you with the second video from their debut EP (which was released in June of this year). Until I Faltered I Wasn't Free was filmed on a soul-chillingly frigid afternoon in the never-netherland of the far far north. Sarah's Californian blood braced itself against the Scandinavian ferociousness as Ted's camera braved the hostile conditions, its lens weeping in the warm aftermath.
The first video to accompany A Nighthawk's debut release, Peace was filmed in March off the island of Koh Mook, Thailand. Beneath a pregnant sky, Ted joined a group of squid fishermen on one of their hunts, fuelled by old plastic bottles filled with petrol and the sound of maxed-out car engines vrooming atop the spring ocean. The perfect place for Peace...
7 March 2013
Happy Year of the Snake! I apologize for the incredibly undeniably long break in communication. We have been run off our feet, and I have just now stolen a few minutes to clue you all in on what is awaiting around our next corner. The new tunes are being finished off as I pound down these words, and we are gearing up for an early summer release of our second EP: Here We Are, Out in the Open. Ted is currently on the road with his other little act, Shout Out Louds. Catch them if you can! I am in the middle of the Pacific Ocean chasing shadows and spooning my way through papaya mornings. We love you all, however few or many there may be out there listening to us. And in our own little opinion, this next set of songs ("dark and dreamy"), with John Eriksson on drums and a few very radical guest appearances, are most certain to set your summer afire. With much love, much aloha... Sarah
24 September 2012
I would love to be on tour. There, I said it. Having blazed trails across most of Europe with my music in the past, I long to stuff a bag full of sequined glittery gear, grab a tube of stark red lipstick, and jump shotgun in the van southbound (practically everywhere is south of Stockholm). Yet, I can't right now... Ted and I are literally bouncing around this city we both call home with what obliges us these days. We love our obligations, and we love A Nighthawk. So we thought up this place called A Nighthawk at 9:30, a kind of virtual tour blog. Every day at 9:30 in the morning or 9:30 in the evening, we will post something for the world, our way of putting ourselves on a stage of sorts and playing our tunes. Images, words, scratchy demos, something that caught our eye. That's the general plan. Join us on Tumblr for A NIGHTHAWK AT 9:30. Oh and p.s., we'll be on the road soon and hope to see you there. Our second EP - Here We Are, Out in the Open - has promised to take us places.
22 July 2012
We did it! We recorded 6.5 tracks (you'll understand the 0.5 once the record is out...) We spent our days divided between the Ingrid studio and Spegel Teatern, both in Stockholm. Much to our own wonderment and awe, we were joined by some incredible musicians - John Eriksson banged the drums ever so gracefully while watching Nick Mason alight in Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. Björn Yttling triumphantly tapped across a piano in a dusty room on a very rainy day on his way between tennis court and Lykke. And three most beautiful and richly voiced ladies (Sibille Attar, Asha Ali and Sabina Ddumba) sang some serious spiritual-inspired backing vocals on a few of the tracks. Mark Ephraim is our savior, our guide, the man we love maybe just a little too much. Flying over from Brooklyn at the tip-top of this month, he transformed us, found us and pulled the better than the best from out of our bellies, out of our fingertips. The plan now: mix, master and perfect the tracks. In the meantime, Ted is finishing two videos for our debut EP and we will be uploading plenty of clips from this most recent recording session. On another note, we have had to take the vinyl selling down for now as the postage is costing us more than we feel comfortable passing on to you. If you feel you just can't live without a copy of the vinyl, email us at email@example.com. Much love and excitement your way... Sarah
2 July 2012
Today we met Mark, the man who has promised to help us put down 5 wondrous new tracks for our second EP. We are in love. Seriously. We will spend this week and next writing and recording and mixing and tweaking and swooning and howling at the very tops of our lungs. With working titles like Smoke in the Hall, Million Runaways, and In Metal, how could anything other than gold-plated magic be the result?
26 JuNE 2012
We are breathlessly toiling away in the studio in preparation for our next recording session, taking place in mid-July. We will be recording our second EP with the incredibly awesome production team of Mark Ephraim and Björn Yttling.
For those of you in love with the good old fashioned way of enjoying music, buy our beautifully manufactured vinyl, hot off the German press. We will hand-wrap, package and ship this divine collector's item, complete with a long and winding story insert only available in the vinyl packaging, to whichever country you so desire.
1 December 2012 / Debaser Slussen, Stockholm with Sibille Attar
2 June 2012, Bar El Mundo, Stockholm