“That Woman,” the much-anticipated new single from Colorado-based Eufórquestra, has truly been a collaborative musical journey from start to finish. In early 2015, drummer Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) released a series of drum tracks online that he titled “Free Funk Friday.” The idea was to offer up hard-hitting drum grooves for free and to encourage friends and fans to write their own music on top. Matt Wright (EUF keys) got his hands on one of these tracks and quickly wrote “That Woman.” He states that altering the songwriting process was a fresh and exciting approach. “I’ve been a fan of Alan’s work for a long time, so when he released this groove online I immediately jumped at the opportunity to develop it into a Eufórquestra song.”
“That Woman” was written shortly after the initial release of the drum tracks and EUF wanted to make a great-sounding recording to send back to Evans. Over the course of 2015, Mike Tallman (EUF guitar) began accumulating vintage and modern recording equipment in an effort to build a mostly-analog home studio. By fall, he had the pieces in place to take a stab at a proper recording and the band decided to revisit “That Woman.” Tallman recorded Evans’ original drum track to analog tape on an old Tascam 388 recording console and overdubbed the rest of the Eufórquestra crew there in an effort to create an old-school aesthetic. The result is a soulful and heavy modern funk tune that captures the thick, analog vibe of an obscure funk 45 from the ‘70s. “This has been a really creative and fun project for the band,” says Tallman. “Matt wrote a great tune on top of Alan’s drum track and it was an exciting process building on top of that.”
The band presented the song to Evans in late 2015 and was met with enthusiasm over the final product. Each party decided the track should be an official release. To bring the collaboration full circle, Evans did the final master of the track at his home studio (Playonbrother Studios) in Massachussetts. The collaboration was taken and expanded a step further when EUF/Evans’ mutual friend Jeff Franca (Congo Sanchez, Thievery Corporation live band) agreed to create an infectious reggae remix and an extended club remix of the song.
“That Woman” is available for download on iTunes, Bandcamp, and CDBaby. The 7” vinyl 45 is available for pre-order at euforquestra.com. The official music video can be see on YouTube.
Eufórquestra already has plans to get back in to the studio to cut another single, this time partnering with Sergio Rios of Orgone and tracking at his studio, Killion Sound, in North Hollywood. Stay tuned to EUF’s social channels for details. The band has released an extensive tour schedule for Winter/Spring 2016 so be sure to catch them live when they come to your area!euforquestra.com
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