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Get 25% Off The Next Great Audiophile Vocalist -- Meiko

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  1. Head-Fi Users Get 25% Off Meiko's Playing Favorites on HDtracks With Code HEADFIMEIKO (expires 6/30/18)

    Hear the album David Chesky exclaims "may be our best sounding vocal album ever recorded"

    "Meiko’s haunting rendition of “Zombie” serves as a beautiful tribute to the singer and the music of the Cranberries." - HardRock.com

    “There’s something about the sound of Meiko’s voice on this recording, I can’t get enough of it."
    — Steve Guttenberg, audio writer

    "This album combines fantastic sound quality with superb song selection!" - Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile

    “Meiko takes the bubbly, heart-fluttering pop tune and puts a dramatic edge on it, brimming with reverb that make the singer’s passionate vocals alluringly eerie." - Billboard

    "a haunting, acoustic version of dance floor staple “Super Freak.” - KCRW

    "We were first introduced to Meiko on the Guitar Center Sessions in December of 2012 and have been fans ever since." - Guitar Girl Magazine

    "Reinventing a bunch of songs you were used to hearing performed a particular way."
    - The Hype Magazine

    On this album, the perfect microphone, recording space, and vocal performance are in perfect alignment.

    Long known for her seductively haunting voice, singer/songwriter Meiko makes her first exploration of the songs of others on her new full-length album, Playing Favorites. The album, which label Co-Founder, David Chesky, assures "may be our best sounding vocal album ever recorded", features songs made immortal by luminaries including The Cranberries, Otis Redding, Erykah Badu, Duran Duran, Blind Melon, and even Rick James (among many others), Meiko leaves her own indelible mark on songs that will have you hearing them as if it were the first time.

    "I've always wanted to record these songs, and thought it would be cool to make a record of all of them in one go. I chose these tracks because I've loved them for years. Some of these songs have gotten me through some hard times. Quintessential songs that are always playing in my head...or [in my] car."

    Part of the Chesky Binaural+ Series, all recorded with a single binaural microphone in a decommissioned church in Brooklyn, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. These new albums capture even more spatial realism for the listener, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure music ever recorded.

    "It was really interesting recording the way we did because...I was able to hear all the nuances. Every breath and foot tap. It was a very intimate setup that caught every little thing which makes the listener feel like they're right there and I'm singing to them."

    Meiko has built a loyal following since her wildly successful self titled release in 2007, along with subsequent releases The Bright Side, Dear You, Lovers & Fighters, Live Songs from The Hotel Cafe, and Moving Day. Her albums have spawned the hits "Boys With Girlfriends", "Stuck on You", "Leave the Lights On", and have been featured in TV shows including Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and The Vampire Diaries (among others).

    "I'm really excited for people to hear these songs the way they're recorded because I often have people tell me they wish I'd record more live material. There's something about 'the real' of singing live -- the real parts that get lost in the recording process because of all the fixes that happen in the studio. It's real life, and I hope people appreciate that part of it. There's a magic to it."

    The first song from the album to reach listeners was "Zombie", penned by the late Dolores O'Riordan. With the album having been recorded in September of 2017, the unfortunate and untimely passing of O'Riordan prompted the single to be released in advance of the album in tribute in late January 2018. Described as a "haunting rendition" by HardRock.com, the track sets the scene for the newest singles, "Crush", made famous by 90's star Jennifer Paige, and a refreshing re-imagining of Rick James' "Super Freak", that will forever change the way you hear the song.​

    Track Listing
    Stand By Me
    No Rain
    Fade Into You
    (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
    Wandering Star
    Come Undone
    No Ordinary Love
    Super Freak
    Show Me Love
    Bag Lady
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  2. alpha421
    I'm a sucker for wonderfully recorded female voices. Nice addition to the tunes collection on this long weekend.
  3. roskodan
    guess chesky's binaural days are over, so sad, shocked they still calling this binaural, big big letdown

    haha, may or may not

    i'm genuinely interested to know who writes these things
    Last edited: May 25, 2018
  4. beowulf
    Great album. Top notch sound engineering, although not to the level of the Melissa Menago and Macy Gray recordings.

    Solid 8/10 to my ears tho. Very worth getting. Blew the lid off the Andromeda's and I still have go check it out on the Z1R and 800.
    Last edited: May 26, 2018
  5. miceblue
    Sounds like a typical "Binaural+" album. Guitar on left, vocals center, and bass right. No wonder why these "binaural" tracks work on speakers too; it's just left/right/center channels.
  6. capnjack
    Hauntingly beautiful vocals and well recorded. Nice to get a discount too!
  7. roskodan
    rly? no one minds being point blank whistled, blown and spit in the ear? the instruments, i can digest, but the vocal is so in your face forward with her whistling and blowing taking over her actual voice. it may be ok on speakers, but on headphones it s just irritating. very very unbinaural. they ruined a decent vocal performance. what's the point of binaural if u make it sound like a bad 2 channel mix?

    well seems some people must have developed a taste, or more likely a fetish
    Last edited: May 29, 2018
  8. LarryMagoo
    Sounds like a great recording to me...Her version of Super Freak is quite different from the original...maybe that could be said of the others too....glad I got it though...
  9. Pokemonn
    wow great sound... I am surprised...
  10. koiloco
    Bought the album yst. Listened to it 3 times already. Great recording and yes, Meiko's voice is quite addictive.
  11. Ripper2860
    Purchased it from HD Tracks and it is quite enjoyable, however there are a few weird things when I listen via headphones on my headphone rig or via speakers on my 2-channel system...

    At certain points in a few songs there is a low rumble. Almost as if it was recorded near an airport and a low-level jet rumble was getting picked up at recording or possibly the rumble of a ventilation system. It's very faint, but noticeable. Also -- at the beginning of several tracks, there is a faint pop as if a turntable needle was being dropped onto an album. (Hmmm. Could this be a recording of a vinyl pressing and the rumble be turntable rumble?) Strange, I know but 2 different systems have revealed the same on multiple listens. No other music -- even w/ female vocals (ex. Rebecca Pigeon) has exhibited this issue.

    It is a wonderful recording and still quite enjoyable, but this is driving me increasingly crazy wondering if it's just me.
    Last edited: May 28, 2018
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  12. roskodan

    "Recorded with a single binaural microphone" what a joke, the video tells a different story, be civilized and facepalm yourselves
  13. Paladin79
    From what I have read, and I own most all of the Chesky recordings, he does nothing to edit the music. I definitely got the pop you mentioned but after hearing the album on multiple systems I believe there are hints of a thunderstorm and rain I pick up mostly in the right channel on No Ordinary Love. Maybe it is street noise, Hopefully there will be some definitive info posted by those doing the recording.
  14. Ripper2860
    So it's not just me!! Thank you! I was going nuts and initially thought it was an issue with the Lyr 3 or the new Ken-Rad tube I purchased. I swapped tubes, used tube dampers, played different recordings, swapped out USB cables (it was not your cable, BTW), tried different headphones, played directly from local PC as opposed to streaming, etc. It was always there. After hearing it on my 2-channel rig (completely different system), I figured it was either actually there, or I was suffering an auditory breakdown. Now I can go back to just enjoying the tracks.

    (I do hope to hear an explanation as to source of the rumble and pop.)
    Last edited: May 28, 2018
  15. Paladin79
    L-1125674-1482444303-8105.jpeg.jpg Usually too, the artist is centered in front of or behind the microphone(s) I believe. There are some tracks where her voice drifts to the right channel just a bit more so I suspect she is moving a bit as she sings. Chesky records in churches and such and occasionally you do hear outside noise. Here is some recording info:

    Produced by: David Chesky
    Executive Producer: Norman Chesky
    Recorded, edited, and mastered by Nicholas Prout
    Second Engineer: Janelle Costa
    Assistant Engineer: Rich Cerbini
    General Assistant: Paul Machado
    A&R: Jeff Lanier

    Recorded September 8th, 2017 at The Hirsch Center, Brooklyn, New York

    This Binaural+ recording was done with Theoretica Applied Physics’ BACCH-BM Pro in-ear binaural microphone, placed in the ears of a B&K 4128-C dummy head, and Crystal Microphone Cable
    Last edited: May 28, 2018
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